Powers of Divergence
An Experimental Approach to Music Performance
Beyond resemblance: creative divergence in music performanceWhat does it mean to produce resemblance in the performance of written music? Starting from how this question is commonly answered by the practice of interpretation in Western notated art music, this book proposes a move beyond commonly accepted codes, conventions and territories of music performance. Appropriating reflections from post-structural philosophy, visual arts and semiotics, and crucially based upon an artistic research project with a strong creative and practical component, it proposes a new approach to music performance. The approach is based on divergence, on the difference produced by intensifying the chasm between the symbolic aspect of music notation and the irreducible materiality of performance. Instead of regarding performance as reiteration, reconstruction and reproduction of past musical works, Powers of Divergence emphasises its potential for the emergence of the new and for the problematisation of the limits of musical semiotics.
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In the table of contents of the printed books the description of Book I, Book II and Book III is incorrect. This information is correct in the table of contents below and in the PDF version of the book.
BOOK I Description of the Practice
Format: Monograph - free ebook - PDF
14 black & white images
Publication: July 10, 2018
Series: Orpheus Institute Series
“‘Woe to those who do not have a problem,’ Gilles Deleuze exhorts his audience during one of his seminars. And a ‘problem’ in this philosophical sense is not something to dispense with, a difficulty to resolve, an obstacle to eliminate; nor is it something one inherits ready-made. Just as a ‘concept’ in the paradigmatic repertoire of Deleuze’s philosophy is a creation, a ‘problem’ must be invented; it needs to be developed, its strength measured by the force of the path it breaches across an already established field - reconstructing it, reorganising it. The principal virtue of Lucia D’Errico's book is that it constructs precisely such a problem.” - Zsuzsa Baross