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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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From Sketches to First Performance: Composer-Performer Interaction in the Creation Process of Jyrki Linjama’s Completorium



Abstract Throughout the history of Western art music, composers have interacted closely with the musicians performing their compositions. This ethnographic study discusses the performers’ impact on a new composition during the composing and rehearsal processes that preceded the first performance of Completorium by the Finnish contemporary composer Jyrki Linjama. The study examines the composer–performer dichotomy in live rehearsal, which complements the previous, rather theoretical, discussion on the topic.

Marjaana Virtanen, PhD, is a researcher in the Department of Musicology at the University of Turku, Finland.

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