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Expressiveness in music performanceEmpirical approaches across styles and cultures$
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Dorottya Fabian, Renee Timmers, and Emery Schubert

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199659647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659647.001.0001

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Implications for Cognitive Studies of Musical Expressiveness

Implications for Cognitive Studies of Musical Expressiveness

(p.335) Chapter 19 Implications for Cognitive Studies of Musical Expressiveness
Expressiveness in music performance

Catherine J. Stevens

Oxford University Press

Studies of expressiveness in music from a cognitive psychological perspective have, until now, tended to analyze emotional response to music as a proxy for expression. The present collection, together with contemporary views of cognition as extended, situated, distributed, and embodied, point to the significance of cultural, social and historical influences on what it is to be expressive. Building from these updated assumptions, this brief prospective for cognitive studies discusses multimodal and inter-sensory expressiveness in music, song as a natural intersection of speech and music, and the importance of investigating diverse musical materials, performance settings, and genres. The challenge for cognitive psychology is to develop sophisticated ways of observing, recording, analyzing, and interpreting musical phenomena that connect across levels of description. The knitting together of micro and macro levels of description via theory is The Next Big Thing.

Keywords:   cognitive studies, personal history, cultural environment, aesthetic values, culture, language boundaries, methodology

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