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The duo piano experience : nonverbal communication between ensemble musicians

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The duo piano experience : nonverbal communication between ensemble musicians

Gordy, Constance Annette (1999) The duo piano experience : nonverbal communication between ensemble musicians. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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During the act of performing, visible cues between duo pianists are of necessity kept to a minimum. Since this is a factor not characteristic of most other performing ensembles, it offers an exceedingly fruitful medium for studying the cultivation of communication between players--in particular, the internalizing processes so crucial to the nonverbal experience. This thesis--supported by bibliographical evidence, as well as recent inquiries into the realm of nonverbal communication and my own experimental foray into the area of communication between duo pianists--questions whether quantitatively-based methodologies by themselves can grasp the implicit meanings being communicated without losing a sense of the experience as a whole. In the search for an alternative approach, I examined a number of recently-developed methodologies in the areas of sociology, ethnography and communication that address precisely those questions that arise when the indivisibility of the experience must be retained. The modified ethnographic/metacommunicative approach that I finally adopted allowed me to both participate in and observe the cultivation of communication between two pianists in their preparation and execution of virtuoso works from the duo piano repertoire.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Gordy, Constance Annette
Pagination:xii, 144 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:School of Graduate Studies
Date:1999
Thesis Supervisor(s):Cohen, Philip
ID Code:689
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:13
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:16
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