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Notes on Notes: The musicology of performance

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If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Nigel Bennee.

The CSAR AGM will precede this lecture at 19:15

The lecture will survey traditional approaches within the discipline of musicology as a prelude to considering more recent research on musical performance studies, including the work of the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice ( This will lead to a series of case studies on the music of Fryderyk Chopin. Excerpts from a range of primary and secondary sources will be presented, and the performance implications of the musical content as well as Chopin’s very notation will be assessed.

One of the aims will be to identify new ways of understanding and developing possible links between ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ in and through the act of musical performance. Furthermore, the notion of ‘informed performance’ will be shown to be both problematic and propitious, the former because of the unjustified expectations that musicologists have typically held in respect of how their research should be used by performers, the latter thanks to the creative potential of musical performance to convey the embodied and embedded knowledge that musicians acquire over time.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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