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Investigating Musical Performance

Theoretical Models and Intersections, 1st Edition

Edited by Gianmario Borio, Giovanni Giuriati, Alessandro Cecchi, Marco Lutzu


296 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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Investigating Musical Performance considers the wide range of perspectives on musical performance made tangible by the cross-disciplinary studies of the last decades and encourages a comparison and revision of theoretical and analytical paradigms. The chapters present different approaches to this multi-layered phenomenon, including the results of significant research projects. The complex nature of musical performance is revealed within each section which either suggest aspects of dialogue and contiguity or discuss divergences between theoretical models and perspectives. Section One elaborates on the history, current trends and crucial aspects of the study of musical performance; Section Two is devoted to the development of theoretical models, highlighting sharply distinguished positions; Section Three explores the relationship between sign and sound in score-based performances; finally, the focus of Section Four centres on gesture considered within different traditions of music making. Three extra chapters by the editors complement Section One and Three and can be accessed via the online Routledge Music Research Portal. The volume shows actual and possible connections between topics, problems, analytical methods and theories, thereby reflecting the wealth of stimuli offered by research on the musical cultures of our times.

Table of Contents


Gianmario Borio, Giovanni Giuriati, Alessandro Cecchi and Marco Lutzu

PART I: Overviews/Perspectives

1 Empirical methods in the study of music performance: An interdisciplinary history

Martin Clayton

2 Musical performance as a medium of value

Timothy D. Taylor

PART II: Listening/Positioning

3 ‘Musical Personae’ revisited

Philip Auslander

4 The performer’s experience: Positional listening and positional analysis

John Covach

5 Music’s techno-chronemics

Martin Scherzinger

PART III: Sign/Sound

6 Who’s keeping the score?

Janet Schmalfeldt

7 Judging Chopin: An evaluation of musical experience

John Rink

8 Towards a consideration of the contemporary musical work as ‘a work in progress’: Closing the gaps between the score, the form and the future of the work

Pierre Michel

PART IV: Gesture/Shape

9 Between music and noise: The discussion of portamento and its socio-aesthetic implications during the long nineteenth century

Camilla Bork

10 Radical staging and the habitus of the singer

Mary Ann Smart

11 The physiognomy of the voice: Vocal gestures in Italian experimental music (1960–1970)

Michela Garda

12 Sentimental gesture and the politics of ‘shape’ in the performances of Abd al-Halim Hafiz

Martin Stokes

13 Marking the sam: tāl, tempo and gesture in khyāl performance

Laura Leante

14 Lokapañca: Analysing structure, performance and meanings of a temple song in Nepal

Richard Widdess

About the Editor

Gianmario Borio is Professor of Musicology at the University of Pavia, Italy and Director of the

Institute of Music at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice.

Giovanni Giuriati is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy and

Director of the Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies at Fondazione Giorgio Cini,


Alessandro Cecchi is Research Associate of Musicology at the University of Pisa, Italy.

Marco Lutzu is Research Associate of Ethnomusicology at the University of Cagliari, Italy.

About the Series

Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century

Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century

Series Editor: Gianmario Borio. Series Advisory Board: Robert Adlington, Esteban Buch, Mark Delaere, Giovanni Giuriati, Iwona Lindstedt and Wolfgang Rathert

The series Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century adopts a collaborative model for the study of key issues in twentieth-century music. The basis for each volume is a conference drawing together leading scholars from across Europe and beyond; conference themes are determined by the series’ distinguished international advisory board, with a view to developing new knowledge and understanding that reflects dialogue between scholars of different nationalities and theoretical backgrounds. Particular emphasis is placed upon recognition of the multiplicity of conceptions, artefacts, events and communities which characterised musical life in the last century. Accordingly, individual volumes seek to interrogate themes that encompass diverse musical genres and disciplinary perspectives.

The series was conceived as a project of the Institute of Music of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, where many of the conferences are convened.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Performance
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology