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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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The Impact of the Musical Instrument on Debussy’s La fille aux cheveux de lin: A Dialogue between a Pianist and a Kantele Musician


Abstract A concert kantele musician and a pianist investigated Debussy’s piano prelude no. 8 through performance and discussion. The research data, which included a video recording and personal diaries, was jointly analysed. The perspectives of the two instruments influenced features such as the sound, the general shape of the piece and the performative challenges. The study also deals with musicians’ ways of speaking about music as well as their mutual interaction.

Heidi Korhonen-Björkman, Licentiate of Music, MA, is pursuing a scholarly doctoral degree at the Sibelius Academy (University of the Arts Helsinki, Finland).

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