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Die expressiven Vortragsbewegungen eines Solo-Pianisten verstehen [Translated with] [article]

Jane Davidson, Leibniz Institut Für Psychologische Information Und Dokumentation (ZPID), Leibniz Institut Für Psychologische Information Und Dokumentation (ZPID)
Psychological studies have shown that the performer's body movements provide an important source of information for the perception of a musical performance. lndeed, it has been shown that visual information can provide even experienced musicians with a stronger indication of a performer's explicit expressive intention than sound information. The research in this article focused on a single case study of a solo pianist to discover how the body moves during performances and which movements
more » ... ch movements provide salient visual cues to the observers. Analysis of three differently intentioned performances of the same piece of music revealed that a single pianist used varying types of identifiable movement and degrees of movement. There were connections between the size of movement and the degree of expressive intention in the performances, with the most expressive performance producing the greatest degree of movement. Additionally, certain locations in the musical structure were found to elicit particulartypes of expressive movements, for example, making a decisive surging forward movement as a cadence point was reached. But links between the type and size of movement and musical structure were not simple. For instance, expressive information was more apparent in certain areas of the body than others; on some occasions movements were of a similar nature across the three performance intentions, whereas at other times the movement were different, despite being at identical structural points in the music. These results are not straight forward, and so the current paper concludes with a discussion of what the findings imply about the nature of bodily expression in performance.
doi:10.23668/psycharchives.2993 fatcat:sd3mmoi3jfephdz72sax7x3oz4