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

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Indiana University Press, 2007 - Music - 230 pages
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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.

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Contents

Vitalizing the Musical Elements One by One
1
Mobilizing Balance
9
Seven Stages for Embodying Its Contour
37
Resilience of Meter and Rhythm
63
The Integration of Structural Levels
81
Shaping Phrase with Span and Climax
103
Reverberation
120
The Movements of Juncture
136
Tone of Voice
164
Balance and Calm as Reference Points
172
The Spirit of Play
178
Notes
187
Bibliography
209
Index of Topics and Concepts
219
Index of Names and Compositions
227
Copyright

Characterizing
154

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About the author (2007)

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.

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