SAM Seminar: Analysing Difference: Compositions, performing traditions, and individual artistic signatures

When:27 Feb 2018, 3:30pm - 5pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building
Who:Dorottya Fabian, UNSW
Fabien Feb 27

Through a case study of recordings of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin the paper argues that enlisting Deleuzian concepts when analysing multiple performances of the same piece is useful for the exploration of practices of performance. Such analysis reveals a continuously shifting-transforming performance style and provides a rich tapestry of diversity within and across nominally agreed upon stylistic trends and characteristics such as romantic-modernist, classical-modernist or historically informed. This supports a non-categorical, non-hierarchical approach to analysis as a method for investigating diversity in performance. The paper shows that such an approach can not only highlight the complex interactions of parameters in the multi-dimensional space of "style", but also assists our understanding of "the work" as emergent and a multiplicity.

Dorottya Fabian is Professor of Music and Associate Dean (Research and Training) at the School of Arts & Media, UNSW. Her research lies at the interface of historical musicology / music performance and empirical musicology. She has published two monographs and two edited books as well as critical score editions, and over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

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