Performative Analysis

March 2016
3 black and white, 75 line illustrations
280 pages
9x6 in
Eastman Studies in Music
Library eBook
University of Rochester Press
BISAC MUS041000, MUS006000

Performative Analysis

Reimagining Music Theory for Performance

Jeffrey Swinkin

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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.

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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"


Swinkin demonstrates how analysis can be "performative" in ways akin to actual performance -- and perhaps, even more, to the process of developing a performance through coaching, rehearsal, and practice. His "reimagining of music theory for performance" makes a courageous contribution to the field of analysis and performance. MUSIC THEORY ONLINE

An engaging book that will appeal especially to music analysts and those performers interested in exploring strategies for interpreting musical scores. Aspects of the discussion also provide useful links with related research on music and emotion, empathy, and embodied cognition. Swinkin's performative about translating structural analysis into musical meaning via somatic, affective, or emotive metaphors that are considered to be of assistance to performers in their interpretations. His standpoint resonates with earlier approaches, but rather than being wholly prescriptive, it is regarded as performative and non-dictatorial. MUSIC & LETTERS [Elaine C. King]

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