Performative Analysis

Performative Analysis

Reimagining Music Theory for Performance

Jeffrey Swinkin


University of Rochester Press



This book proposes a new model for understanding the musical work, which includes interpretation -- both analysis- and performance-based -- as an integral component.
This book proposes a model for understanding the musical work in which both analysis-based and performance-based modes of interpretation are integral to the work. Jeffrey Swinkin explores the important role that performance plays in elucidating a work and argues for the performative nature of music analysis itself, focusing in particular on Schenkerian analysis. Swinkin's aim is to show that music analysis is grounded in the same kinds of physical and emotional experiences that performers are necessarily concerned to project. Analysis and performance are thus deeply compatible and can enjoy an equitable, fruitful relationship. The first three chapters theorize this stance; the last three apply it to works by Chopin, Beethoven, and Schumann, respectively.

Jeffrey Swinkin is assistant professor of music theory at the University of Oklahoma.


March 2016
3 black and white, 75 line illustrations
280 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
ISBN: 9781580465267
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS041000, MUS006000
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Table of Contents

Analysis in the Musical Work
Two Interpretive Roles
Schenkerian Analysis as Metaphor: Chopin, Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1
An Analytical Dialogue: Beethoven, String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4, First Movement
Musical Structure(s) as Subtext: Resisting Schumann's "Ring"

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