This accessible guide for students, teachers and performers at all levels unravels the complexities of musical performance focusing on key aspects of learning, playing and responding to music.
This accessible guide for students, teachers and performers at all levels unravels the complexities of musical performance and focuses on key aspects of learning, playing and responding to music. A survey of performance through the ages leads to a presentation of basic historical, analytical and psychological concepts. Four chapters follow on teaching, development, practice and memorisation. The next section considers the 'translation' from score to sound, physical projection, ensemble playing and performance anxiety. The final section addresses the act of listening, the legacy of recordings, music criticism and 'performers on performance'.
Table of Contents
Introduction John Rink
Part I. Conceptions and Preconceptions: 1.
Performing through history Colin Lawson
2. Historical performance and the modern
performer Peter Walls
3. Analysis and (or?) performance John Rink
4. Understanding the psychology of performance
Part II. Learning to Perform: 5. On teaching
performance Janet Ritterman
6. Developing the ability to perform Jane
7. Preparing for performance Stefan Reid
8. Memorising music Aaron Williamon
Part III. Making Music: 9. From score to sound
10. Communicating with the body in performance
11. Ensemble performance Elaine Goodman
12. The fear of performance Elizabeth Valentine
Part IV. Interpreting Performance: 13.
Listening to performance Eric Clarke
14. The legacy of recordings Peter Johnson
15. The criticism of musical performance