Corporeal knowledge of music

Embodiment as method for (historical) performance studies

Kai Köpp
In parallel with the history of musical works, the historical study of performance deals with factors that lead to the sound form (‘Gestalt’) of music. Moreover empirical approaches of sound/performance studies will be broadened through historical sources (e.g. explanatory texts, piano rolls, recorded documents). Embodiment requires a practical musical expertise and allows for a translation of text information into sound as well as the reenactment of interpretation decisions. Under controlled conditions intentional decisions can be distinguished from random or failed elements.

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