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New perspectives on music and gesture

Gritten, A; King, Elaine


A Gritten


In recent years there has been a veritable explosion of work on aspects of the music- gesture interface. Research continues to develop the foundations laid by Lidov (1987), Hatten (1982, 1994, 2004) and others, many in non-musical disciplines, whose seminal activity remains a touchstone for new projects. Hatten's definition of human gesture as ‘any energetic shaping through time that may be interpreted as significant' (2006: 1) provides a central starting point for researchers. Musical gestures may be conceived, produced, experienced and interpreted by individuals in various ways, whether aurally, visually, physically, conceptually or otherwise, and the functions of those gestures depends upon the contexts within which they arise. Research has already begun to shed some light upon the different types, functions, sizes, intensities and experiences of gestures as they relate to music, musicians and music-making, and the present volume aims to contribute further to the development of this knowledge and wisdom.


(2011). New perspectives on music and gesture

Book Type Edited Book
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2011
Publication Date Apr 1, 2011
Pages -
ISBN 978-0-7546-6462-8
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