Music and Gesture: New Perspectives on Theory and Contemporary Practice

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Overview

"This volume showcases key theoretical ideas and practical considerations in the growing area of scholarship on musical gesture. The book constructs and explores the relations between music and gesture from a range of differing perspectives, identifying theoretical approaches and examining the nature of certain types of gesture in musical performance." The book will be of significance to musicologists, theorists, semioticians, analysts, composers and performers, as well as scholars working in different research communities with an interest in the study of gesture.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754652984
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A theory of musical gesture and its application to Beethoven and Schubert 1
2 Emotive gesture in music and its contraries 24
3 Hearing, feeling, grasping gestures 45
4 Musical gestures and musical forces : evidence from music-theoretical misunderstandings 61
5 'Plays guitar without any hands' : musical movement and problems of immanence 75
6 Mahler's military gesture : musical quotation as proto-topic 91
7 Drift 104
8 Musical rhythm : motion, pace and gesture 126
9 Supporting gestures : breathing in piano performance 142
10 Origins and functions of clarinettists' ancillary gestures 165
11 Listening in the gaze : the body in Keith Jarrett's solo piano improvisations 192
12 'She's the one' : multiple functions of body movement in a stage performance by Robbie Williams 208
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