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Willamette University

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MUSC 357 (CA) Musical Performance and Interpretation (1)

The principle activity of this course is musical performance and an investigation of the various factors which define and enrich the experience. Performance of a composition is required in order literally and physically to realize the potential of a score. As musical composition has a very specific non-linguistic syntax, performance requires the process of interpretation. Written notes represent, at best, an abstraction of the composer's thoughts. However, the 'black dots' on paper bear no relation to the outcome in sound, and the emotions engendered by the music. Successful performance challenges all musicians. A performance is not simply the physical execution of the correct notes; every decision is subjective and must be informed by both the heart and mind. The analytical, historic, and theoretical tools which allow the student-performer to contextualize artistic choices that determine a performance will form the central discourse of this class.

Prerequisite: Experience with musical performance, or consent of instructor.

Mode of Inquiry; Creating in the Arts

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Coen