Collaboration in duo piano performance: 'Piano Spheres'

Viney, Liam and Grinberg, Anna (2014). Collaboration in duo piano performance: 'Piano Spheres'. In Margaret S. Barrett (Ed.), Collaborative creative thought and practice in music (pp. 157-172) Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.

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Author Viney, Liam
Grinberg, Anna
Title of chapter Collaboration in duo piano performance: 'Piano Spheres'
Title of book Collaborative creative thought and practice in music
Place of Publication Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom
Publisher Ashgate Publishing
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
Series SEMPRE Studies in the Psychology of Music
ISBN 9781472415844
Editor Margaret S. Barrett
Chapter number 11
Start page 157
End page 172
Total pages 16
Total chapters 18
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This chapter examines collaborative phenomena in the context of a professionally active, long-term, married piano duo -the authors. We seek to better understand our working processes within the growing field of scholarly studies in collaborative creativity. We present a joint narrative self-reflective essay that draws on conversations between the authors, reflective analysis of rehearsals and concerts, and a number of critical evaluations by third parties.

We approach the topic as performers who are professionally active as soloists and chamber musicians, and for whom duo pianism - both on one piano, four hands, and on two pianos -has become a specialized field of expertise since 2001. This chapter combines our interest in music performance research with recent ideas concerning the psychology of collaborative creativity.

Our thesis is that collaboration is not a mere by-product of the social interaction duo pianism entails, but is rather the defining feature of the totality of our activities. Collaboration is at the heart of our daily personal and artistic interactions and is the single most crucial ingredient in the moment of performance. Indeed, the musical structures of two-piano music are infused with collaborative themes. In addition to situating duo pianism as a collaborative creative enterprise, this chapter also examines interpretive issues within musical structure through a collaborative lens.

After summarizing the theoretical framework, and describing duo pianism and general modes of collaboration therein, we will examine our duo's activity and history within psychological theories of creative collaboration, and then re-examine aspects of those theories within the context of a particular recital at 'Piano Spheres'. Vera John-Steiner's four major patterns of collaboration (2000) serve to describe our macro artistic trajectory to this point, and also inform the micro processes underpinning the preparation and execution of a single recital, suggestive of the depth and multi-level operation of the collaborative principles she identifies. Internet addresses are provided to web-based videos of the 'Piano Spheres' performance for all music discussed in the text.
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