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On RepeatHow Music Plays the Mind$
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Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199990825

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199990825.001.0001

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In Performance

In Performance

(p.117) 6 In Performance
On Repeat

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

Oxford University Press

Performers have unique experiences of musical repetition due to the extensive motor involvement and the hours they spend playing and replaying passages in the practice room. A large part of musical training involves the close imitation of particular sound sequences, giving performers a unique perspective on repetition. Additionally, they have interesting choices to make with regard to notated repetitions; do they manipulate unfixed expressive parameters differently each time a score instructs them to repeat, or do they attempt to fix elements like expressive timing and dynamics and replicate them as closely as possible with each iteration? This chapter examines evidence suggesting that performers actively seek to highlight the perceptual roles of repetition outlined in the other chapters.

Keywords:   Music Performance, Musical Interpretation, Musical Training, Part Repetition, Motor System

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