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Music and Shape

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson and Helen M. Prior

Abstract

Shape is a concept that is widely used in talk about music. Musicians in wide-ranging genres of music use it to help them rehearse, teach and think about what they do. Yet why is a word that seems to require something to see or to feel so useful to describe something that sounds? How is sound shaped? And how does shaping help performers and composers, and engage listeners? If the concept is so ubiquitous among practitioners, why has it been missing from music studies until now? Music and Shape examines numerous aspects of this surprisingly close relationship, with contributions from scholars a ... More

Keywords: dance, embodiment, gesture, improvisation, musical imagery, multimodality, multisensory perception, notation, performance, synaesthesia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199351411
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199351411.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, editor
Professor of Music, King's College London

Helen M. Prior, editor
Editor, University of Hull

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Part 1 Shapes mapped

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Evelyn Glennie, percussionist

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Lucia D’Errico, guitarist and graphic designer

2 Shape, drawing and gesture

Mats B. Küssner

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Anna Meredith, composer

3 Cross-modal correspondences and affect in a Schubert song

Zohar Eitan, Renee Timmers and Mordechai Adler

Part 2 Shapes composed

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George Benjamin, composer and conductor

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Steven Isserlis, cellist

5 Shape in music notation

Adam Ockelford

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Alice Eldridge, cellist and coder

6 The shape of musical improvisation

Milton Mermikides and Eugene Feygelson

Part 3 Shapes performed

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Max Baillie, violinist

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Simon Desbruslais, trumpeter

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Malcolm Bilson, fortepianist

8 Shaping popular music

Alinka E. Greasley and Helen M. Prior

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Steven Savage, record producer and sound engineer

Part 4 Shapes seen

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Mark Applebaum, graphic composer

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I-Uen Wang Hwang, painter and composer

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Timothy B. Layden, synaesthete

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Stephen Hough, pianist

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Alex Reuben, filmmaker

10 Intersecting shapes in music and in dance

Philip Barnard and Scott deLahunta

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Richard G. Mitchell, film music composer

Part 5 Shapes felt

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Julia Holter, singer and composer

11 Musical shape and feeling

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson

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David Amram, composer, conductor, jazz French horn player

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Antony Pitts, composer and producer

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