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Music, Language, and Human Evolution$
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Nicholas Bannan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.001.0001

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Musicians’ Performance Prosody

Musicians’ Performance Prosody

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(p.277) 11 Musicians’ Performance Prosody
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Music, Language, and Human Evolution
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Johan Sundberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.003.0011

This chapter examines the performance prosody of musicians. It analyses the principles that musicians apply when they convert scores into a musical performance and the acoustic code they use. It explains that the three performances rules which are grouping, differentiation and emphasis rules. This chapter also provides evidence that the performance principles applied in music performance are similar to those found in other communication systems and suggests that man's need for music is related to the emotional aspects in which music is typically embedded.

Keywords:   musicians, performance prosody, acoustic code, music performance, communication systems

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