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Hardback 416 pp.
171 mm x 246 mm



Publication date:
October 2014

Imprint: OUP UK

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Expressiveness in music performance

Empirical approaches across styles and cultures

Edited by Dorottya Fabian, Renee Timmers and Emery Schubert

What does it mean to be expressive in music performance across diverse historical and cultural domains? What are the means at the disposal of a performer in various time periods and musical practice conventions? What are the conceptualisations of expression and the roles of performers that shape expressive performance?

This book brings together research from a range of disciplines that use diverse methodologies to provide new perspectives and formulate answers to these questions about the meaning, means, and contextualisation of expressive performance in music. The contributors to this book explore expressiveness in music performance in four interlinked parts. Starting with the philosophical and historical underpinnings crucially relevant for Western classical musical performance it then reaches out to cross-cultural issues and finally focuses the attention on various specific problems, including the teaching of expressive music performance skills.The overviews provide a focussed and comprehensive account of the current state of research as well as new developments and a prospective of future directions.

This is a valuable new book for those in the fields of music, music psychology, and music education.

Readership : Suitable for students and researchers in music, music psychology, music education, and musicology.

List of Tables
List of Figures and Score Examples
List of Audio Examples
Notes on contributors
Notes and Acknowledgments
Dorottya Fabian, Renee Timmers and Emery Schubert: Introduction
PART 1: Reception and aesthetics of Western Classical music performance
1. Mine Dogantan-Dack: Philosophical Reflections on Music Performance
2. Elena Alessandri: The notion of expression in music criticism
3. Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and Helen Prior: Heuristics for expressive performance
4. Dorottya Fabian: Commercial sound recordings and trends in expressive music performance: Why should experimental researchers pay attention?
5. Neal Peres da Costa and David Milsom: Expressiveness in historical perspective: Nineteenth-century ideals and practices
6. Eric Clarke and Mark Doffman: Expressive performance in contemporary concert music
PART 2: Expressiveness across styles
7. Nicola Dibben: Understanding performance expression in popular music recordings
8. William Bauer: Expressiveness in Jazz Performance: Prosody and Rhythm
9. Richard Ashley: Expressiveness in Funk
10. Wim van der Meer: Audience response and expressive pitch inflections in a life recording of legendary singer Kesar Bari Kerkar
11. Pärtel Lippus and Jaan Ross: Temporal variation in singing as interplay between speech and music in Estonian songs
12. Fabrice Marandola: Expressiveness in the performance of Bedzan Pygmies' vocal polyphonies: When the same is never the same
PART 3: Models and quantifications of expressive performance of western-classical m
13. Werner Goebl, Simon Dixon, and Emery Schubert: Quantitative methods: Motion analysis, audio analysis, and continuous response techniques
14. Anders Friberg and Erica Bisesi: Using computational models of music performance to model stylistic variations
15. Peter Keller: Ensemble performance
16. Emery Schubert and Dorottya Fabian: A taxonomy of listeners' judgments of expressiveness in music performance
17. Renee Timmers and Makiko Sadakata: Training expressive performance by means of visual feedback: existing and potential applications of performance measurement techniques
PART 4: Prospective
18. Nicholas Cook: Implications for musicology
19. Catherine J. Stevens: Implications for cognitive studies of musical expressiveness
20. Jonathan Stock: Implications for ethnomusicology
21. Jane Davidson: Implications for empirical performance research
22. Aaron Williamon: Implications for education
23. Dorottya Fabian, Renee Timmers and Emery Schubert: Afterthought

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Dorottya Fabian is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Renee Timmers is Lecturer in Psychology of Music at the University of Sheffield, UK. Emery Schubert is Co-leader of the Empirical Musicology Group in the Faculty of the Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, Australia.

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Special Features

  • Provide a comprehensive account of the state of scholarship regarding expressiveness in music performance.
  • The book brings together the various disciplines and musical cultures that study expressiveness in music performance. This is a unique aspect as no such volume exists in the literature.
  • Given the choice of contributors-a mix of well-known and up-coming researchers - the volume provides well-developed, established views as well as new ideas and thinking.