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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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Signs and Messages of Love in Performing Handel’s Giulio Cesare


Abstract Studying Handel’s metaphors of love in Giulio Cesare in Egitto, I will introduce how they are depicted in arias, through musical relationships and as a message. Love is an essential theme in so far as the arias’ foci are interlocked by the affectual tensions. I will examine three fairly recent performance recordings as instances of reoccurrence in remaking the opera. These recordings project intention as will, design, application and intensity as part of the creation of meaning by the composer and the librettist at the time the work was first performed.

Marjo Suominen, MA, is a doctoral student in the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies at the University of Helsinki’s Institute of Musicology, in Finland.

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