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The Embodiment of Authority

Perspectives on Performances


Edited By 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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Different Pianists with Different Bodies: Does the Body Matter? Constructing Discursive-Material Interconnections in a Study on Piano Pedagogy


Abstract Pianistic corporeality develops as a result of various discursive-material practices. Institutional music education is one of them. Discourse and material practices intersect in unique ways, for example in an instrumental teaching situation when a teacher gives verbal performance instructions and the student responds and reacts to them through the musical instrument.

Johanna Tiensuu is a doctoral student in the Department of Musicology at the University of Turku, Finland.

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