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Janet Carsten and Simon Frith

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265864

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265864.001.0001

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Between art and science

Between art and science

Music as performance

Chapter:
(p.1) Between art and science
Source:
British Academy Lectures 2013-14
Author(s):

Nicholas Cook

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265864.003.0001

Musicologists have traditionally treated music as a form of sounded writing. Informed by interdisciplinary performance studies, this article explores what musicology might look like if it was built on the idea of music as performance, and how the study of performance can contribute to an understanding of the role of music in culture. In addition to traditional humanities approaches and the employment of close listening, the sheer number of recorded performances creates scope for the use of quantitative approaches. Setting these into the broader context of digital humanities, and putting forward the idea of ‘augmented listening’, I show how technology can serve to advance the understanding of music as cultural phenomenon and human experience.

Keywords:   Music, Performance, Science, Digital, Humanities, Text, Modernism, Mazurka, Schenker, Hatto

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