Interrogating the aesthetic : the 'historically informed performance' contribution

Lewis, Bethan. (2005). Interrogating the aesthetic : the 'historically informed performance' contribution MPhil Thesis, School of Music, The University of Queensland.

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Author Lewis, Bethan.
Thesis Title Interrogating the aesthetic : the 'historically informed performance' contribution
School, Centre or Institute School of Music
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type MPhil Thesis
Supervisor Dr Samantha Owens
Total pages 56
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects L
410101 Music
750201 The performing arts (incl. music, theatre and dance)
Formatted abstract

As musicians, we live and work in a period of great change, where our industry is affected by various transformations related to globalisation, involving emergent technologies and social, economic and political ideals. This turbulent time has seen new forms of aesthetic come in to play which can be challenging for musicians, forcing them to question taken for granted premises and habitual routines. The contemporary 'Historically Informed Performance' (HIP) music movement has accepted this challenge head-on: addressing the struggle between traditional modernist ideas of authoritative performance and the postmodern reference to diversity of perspectives.  

This thesis explores the role the HIP movement has played historically itself in confronting issues of authority and integrity in relation to musical performance. The transition from modernism to postmodernism provides the context of change, through which I am able to consider a range of contemporary performance practice issues. I situate the debates surrounding the early music movement by reference to my own analysis of the performance of Bach's viola da gamba sonata BWV1027. 

Keyword Performance practice (Music)
Music -- Performance

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