Gordy, Constance Annette (1999) The duo piano experience : nonverbal communication between ensemble musicians. Masters thesis, Concordia University.
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.|
|Degree Name:||Theses (M.A.)|
|Program:||School of Graduate Studies|
|Thesis Supervisor(s):||Cohen, Philip|
|Deposited By:||Concordia University Libraries|
|Deposited On:||27 Aug 2009 17:13|
|Last Modified:||08 Dec 2010 15:16|
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