Music Analysis, Interpretation and the Musical Works of Chopin
2004 (English)In: Analytical Perspectives on the Music of Chopin, Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, Warszawa , 2004, 23-55 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
The aim of the article is to present some methodological considerations concerning how to understand the musical works of the Romantic period and to find a new way understanding the musical work, that can explain features that are not explained by usual analytical methods.
The musical work is a very complex and ambiguous concept. To give more general criteria that are valid beside culture, time and space is not possible. The question per se is also a methodologically interesting one. The answer one gets is depending on a lot of different factors: which type of answer one wishes to have, in which cultural tradition one asks the question, which genre or composer you have in mind, but also from which professional perspective you try to answer the question. The question touches upon most of the different parts of musicology: history of music, analysis, performance practice and pedagogical issues. It is also founded in theories of knowledge and aesthetical ideals and touch upon the important borderline in humanities between science and practice.
How you mark off your investigation also decides which answers you get. What you ask for you get answer on. If you are not asking for contextual features of the musical work - how people perceive, reflects and evaluates music you don´t get any answers of contextually musical features. If you don´t use that type of material that is the link between the notation and the music as a sound art the music will not be a sound art. If you don´t include the performer in the musical work, music will not be a performance art. In other words, if you don´t have a musically starting point you don´t get any musical answers.
If there are answers not satisfyingly answered by theory you have to have a different starting point. You have to put yourself beside the traditional way of looking at the musical work, its concepts and ways of describing. the music. To understand a culture you have to have the same professional perspective and dividing between theory and practice, as in the culture itself.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, Warszawa , 2004. 23-55 p.
"Analysis", "Chopin", "interpretation", "methodology"
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-12307ISBN: 83-917410-2-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-12307DiVA: diva2:178827