Performing music: Oral and improvising traditions

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter illustrates the diversity of performance contexts that exist across musical traditions, whose varying priorities and constraints demand different sorts of cognitive work to do with the conceptualization and acquisition of technical skill; memorization (and of what sort); the prioritization of different aspects of musicianship; and the conventions of performance context that may implicate varying levels of skill from audiences, too, as part of a successful performance. The places in which oral and improvised musical traditions exist have an impact on the psychological demands of the act of performance, for both musicians and audience.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Music Cognition
EditorsRichard Ashley, Renee Timmers
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315194738
ISBN (Print)9781138721050, 9780367876555
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • musicianship
  • social interaction
  • audience
  • performance
  • ethnomusicology


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