I'm trying to teach myself some piano pieces by Joaquín Turina and he marks certain passages as "lointains" (French for "distant"). It occurred to me that I have no idea what this means in terms of performance. Is it a mood to be impart somehow? (How?) A specific dynamic effect (like "cantabile")? Something stylistic?
More generally, are there any good books or other reference material that explain how to interpret terms like this? I found a nice dictionary of terms here, but nothing about translating them into performance.
I remember learning a lot of basic musical terms from John Thompson's "Keyboard Attacks" and other of his elementary books; it not only explained what the terms meant, but also how to execute them through various playing techniques. Something like that (but more comprehensive) would be very nice, particularly if it was oriented to the self-learner.