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Fazıl Say and the Classical Music Stage as Informal Learning Space

Second, revised edition


Aylin Buran

Fazıl Say and the Classical Music Stage as Informal Learning Space is an exploration of the classical music stage within a framework of informal learning through the interactive concert performances of Fazıl Say. It delves into the artist’s conceptualization of the music-audience nexus along with his motivation for adopting an interactive manner that emerges through a verbal interaction between performer and listener during the concert performances. Using specific concert performances given in Malatya in Turkey, this book presents a detailed demonstration of such a space as a learning medium; and interprets its pedagogical meaning from both the artist’s and the audience’s perspectives.


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Chapter III: Data Collection


Chapter III DATA COLLECTION In order to try to better understand the inner dynamics of Say’s concert perform­ ances, especially in terms of the artist-audience connection, it was important to study audience reactions to the conferences. The atmosphere being that of a live concert is an important factor in this analysis since concerts are once in a lifetime events, occurring at specific moments in time, and are thus irre- producible. Thus, the relational dynamics of performer and audience would be specific because of the existence of artist and audience in an unrecoverable moment. In this situation, too, the audience is witnessing a one-to-one per­ sonalization of the pieces by the performer. As such, the experience adds diversity to the issue of interaction between performer and listeners, and thus to this work. To assess this, a methodology was developed, and, in this chapter, the characteristics of the sample population will be given along with the methods and procedures used for data gathering and, in addition, an outline of the features of the questionnaires that were used to elicit the data will also be examined. Finally, the method of analyzing the data is shown. Sample Population: The Audience in Malatya The research drew on two sample populations: the audience at the Malatya concert for students, and the audience at the Malatya public concert. Because of the nature of the study itself, the sample was selected using the convenient sampling technique, whereby the researcher chooses the sample according to ease of access. In...

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