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New Perspectives on Music and Gesture

1st Edition

Edited by Elaine King, Anthony Gritten


326 pages

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Building on the insights of the first volume on Music and Gesture (Gritten and King, Ashgate 2006), the rationale for this sequel volume is twofold: first, to clarify the way in which the subject is continuing to take shape by highlighting both central and developing trends, as well as popular and less frequent areas of investigation; second, to provide alternative and complementary insights into the particular areas of the subject articulated in the first volume. The thirteen chapters are structured in a broad narrative trajectory moving from theory to practice, embracing Western and non-Western practices, real and virtual gestures, live and recorded performances, physical and acoustic gestures, visual and auditory perception, among other themes of topical interest. The main areas of enquiry include psychobiology; perception and cognition; philosophy and semiotics; conducting; ensemble work and solo piano playing. The volume is intended to promote and stimulate further research in Musical Gesture Studies.

About the Editors

Anthony Gritten is Head of Undergraduate Programmes, Royal Academy of Music, UK. His essays have appeared in the journals Performance Research, Musicae Scientiae, Dutch Journal of Music Theory, and British Journal of Aesthetics, and in various edited collections in English and German, as well as in philosophy books and artists' exhibition catalogues. A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, he performs across the UK, Europe, and Canada, and has a close working relationship with the organist-composer Daniel Roth, several of whose recent works he has premiered. Elaine King is Senior Lecturer in Music at the Department of Drama and Music, University of Hull, UK. She has published widely on aspects of solo and ensemble performance, including gestures, breathing, rehearsal strategies and social interaction. She co-edited the first volume of Music and Gesture (with Anthony Gritten) and has co-edited Music and Familiarity (with Helen Prior). She is an ordinary member of the Council for the Royal Musical Association (RMA) and Conference Secretary for the Society of Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE). She is an active cellist, pianist and conductor, performing regularly in chamber and orchestral ensembles.

About the Series

SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music

The theme for the series is the psychology of music, broadly defined. Topics include (i) musical development at different ages, (ii) exceptional musical development in the context of special educational needs, (iii) musical cognition and context, (iv) culture, mind and music, (v) micro to macro perspectives on the impact of music on the individual (from neurological studies through to social psychology), (vi) the development of advanced performance skills and (vii) affective perspectives on musical learning. The series presents the implications of research findings for a wide readership, including user-groups (music teachers, policy makers, parents) as well as the international academic and research communities. This expansive embrace, in terms of both subject matter and intended audience (drawing on basic and applied research from across the globe), is the distinguishing feature of the series, and it serves SEMPRE’s distinctive mission, which is to promote and ensure coherent and symbiotic links between education, music and psychology research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General