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Heuristics for expressive performance (2014)
Prior, H., & Leech-Wilkinson, D. (2014). Heuristics for expressive performance. In R. Timmers, D. Fabian, & E. Schubert (Eds.), Expressiveness in musical performance: Empirical approaches across styles and culturesOxford University Press (OUP). doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659647.003.0003

This chapter discusses concepts and terms that professional musicians find useful in preparing for and talking and thinking about expressive performance. An example is “shape,” which, as recent research has shown, is immensely flexible and useful for... Read More

Familiarity, schemata and patterns of listening (2013)
Book Chapter
Prior, H. (2013). Familiarity, schemata and patterns of listening. In E. King, & H. M. Prior (Eds.), Music and familiarity: listening, musicology and performanceTaylor & Francis (Routledge)

The origins of this work, as in much research, lie in a personal experience. My first exposure to a selection of Schoenberg’s piano works (which happened to be through a recording) had resulted in an ambivalent response, but upon hearing the same rec... Read More

Listeners' perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music (2010)
Journal Article
Prior, H. (2011). Listeners' perceptual and emotional responses to tonal and atonal music. Psychology of music, 39(4), (468-502). doi:10.1177/0305735610378182. ISSN 0305-7356

Research in music and emotion has largely focused on responses to tonal music on isolated occasions. This article presents a novel approach to the study of music and emotion that investigates the effects of familiarity on listeners' responses to tona... Read More