Synopses & Reviews
Alexandra Pierce singles out elements of music such as melody, meter, and phrase, and investigates the defining quality of each through movement. Although simple, these exercises engage the listening attention in complex ways and can be integrated into a musician's daily practice. Practicing movements that accurately reflect a musical element can improve technique and are audible in performance. They become part of your technical command. Short narratives that illustrate how performance practice problems can be approached and solved are scattered throughout the book. A video companion to Deepening Musical Performance through Movement can be found at the author's website, alexandrapierce.net/deepening.
Alexandra Pierce helps musicians gain a richer understanding of music through the use of the body and gesture. She asserts that expression of character and affect in music corresponds to expression of character and affect in physical gesture. She seeks to answer the question, What is vitality in music? and to find answers that contribute to hearing and performing this core quality of music in order to help musicians integrate them into daily practice. Pierce's approach is to isolate and explore through movement such elements of music as melody, beat, and structural levels. Short narratives that illustrate how performance practice problems can be approached and solved are scattered throughout the book.
About the Author
Alexandra Pierce is Professor of Music and Movement, Emerita Research Professor at the University of Redlands, California. She is author (with Roger Pierce) of Expressive Movement: Posture and Action in Daily Life, Sports, and the Performing Arts.
Table of Contents
1. Vitalizing the Musical Elements, One by One
2. Mobilizing Balance
3. Melody Awakened: Seven Stages for Embodying Its Contour
4. Resilience of Meter and Rhythm
5. The Integration of Structural Levels
6. Shaping Phrase with Span and Climax
7. Letting Gesture Through: Reverberation
8. The Movements of Juncture
10. Tone of Voice
11. The Spirit of Play