Deepening Musical Performance through Movement: The Theory and Practice of Embodied Interpretation

Deepening Musical Performance through Movement: The Theory and Practice of Embodied Interpretation

by Alexandra Pierce

Paperback

$24.95
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for guaranteed delivery by Monday, July 22

Overview

Alexandra Pierce singles out elements of music such as melody, meter, and phrase, and investigates the defining quality of each through movement. Although simple, these exercises engage the listening attention in complex ways and can be integrated into a musician’s daily practice. Practicing movements that accurately reflect a musical element can improve technique and are audible in performance. They become part of your technical command. Short narratives that illustrate how performance practice problems can be approached and solved are scattered throughout the book. A video companion to Deepening Musical Performance through Movement can be found at the author’s website, alexandrapierce.net/deepening.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253222237
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 02/03/2010
Series: Musical Meaning and Interpretation
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alexandra Pierce is Professor of Music and Movement, Emerita Research Professor at the University of Redlands, California. She is author (with Roger Pierce) of Expressive Movement: Posture and Action in Daily Life, Sports, and the Performing Arts.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Vitalizing the Musical Elements, One by One
2. Mobilizing Balance
3. Melody Awakened: Seven Stages for Embodying Its Contour
4. Resilience of Meter and Rhythm
5. The Integration of Structural Levels
6. Shaping Phrase with Span and Climax
7. Letting Gesture Through: Reverberation
8. The Movements of Juncture
9. Characterizing
10. Tone of Voice
11. The Spirit of Play
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews