Abstract Elaine Chew 25th April 2013

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Conceptualisations of Musical Time in Performance

Timing forms the essence of musical performance. As illustration of the importance of musical timing, a simple exercise can show that playing a piece with the right timing, albeit with many wrong notes, is preferable to playing all the right notes at the wrong time. In this talk, I shall explore different conceptualizations (representations) of musical time that reveal shaping devices that performers employ to communicate structural groupings and choreograph expectations. These ideas, illustrated with musical examples at the piano keyboard, will touch upon issues of music cognition, performance studies, and musical interaction.

This seminar was in the Performance Lab as getting a piano up the stairs to CS414 was a tad impractical!

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