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Generative Processes in MusicThe Psychology of Performance, Improvisation, and Composition$
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John Sloboda

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508465.001.0001

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Generative principles in music performance

Generative principles in music performance

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(p.xviii) (p.1) 1 Generative principles in music performance
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Generative Processes in Music
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Eric F. Clarke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508465.003.0001

This chapter emphasizes the role of performance in exemplifying structural aspects of the music through expressive gradients, discontinuities, and contrasts. It embeds several ingenious experimental studies within a theoretical framework that emphasizes the importance of hierarchical mental representations as a means of controlling performances. It gives an account of generative principles involved in music performance at two levels. One level deals with the representation of musical structure in a form that gives a coherent and intelligent input into a motor system. The second level at which generative principles are identifiable is in the production and control of the expressive aspects of performance, which function so as to convey a particular interpretation of a musical structure.

Keywords:   musical knowledge, musical structure, performance expression, generative structure

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