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The Embodiment of Authority

Perspectives on Performances


Taina Riikonen and Marjaana Virtanen

Performance is a forum for social action, embodied interaction and shared authority. Recently, as the various acts and agencies surrounding a performance have become the target of scholarly interest, the complex split between theory and practice has been challenged, as has the idea of a singular, disembodied authorial ownership of the socio-material meanings surrounding performance. The Embodiment of Authority approaches performance, issues of authority and negotiated knowledge production through multi-material research data and interdisciplinary methods. The book discusses the relationship between authorial questions and performances via the following topics: shared authorities, ontologies of art work, diverse roles of rehearsals in the performance process, and embodied knowledge.
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On Musical Performance as a Creative Process: A Semiotic Perspective


Abstract The article offers a semiotic perspective for analysing the performer’s work, with the basic idea that musical performance, when considered as a creative process, should not be underrated in its complexity and polyhedral identity. It discusses terminological inconsistencies within the field, presents a semiotic model for analysing the multiple meanings generated by and communicated through the performer’s art, and concentrates on two pianists’ views of their creative roles in interpreting music.

Lina Navickaitė-Martinelli, musicologist, is a researcher at the University of Helsinki and a lecturer at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.

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