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Translating text into motion : performance analysis for singers and directors

Kaleva, Daniela 2004, Translating text into motion : performance analysis for singers and directors, in Music research : new directions for a new century, Cambridge Scholars Press, London, pp. 216-227.

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Title Translating text into motion : performance analysis for singers and directors
Author(s) Kaleva, Daniela
Conference name National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia (25th : 2002 : Newcastle, NSW)
Conference location Newcastle, NSW
Conference dates 3-6 October 2002
Title of proceedings Music research : new directions for a new century
Editor(s) Ewans, Michael
Halton, Rosalind
Phillips, John A.
Publication date 2004
Start page 216
End page 227
Total pages 11
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Press
Place of publication London
Keyword(s) interpretation analysis
theatrical gesture
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Don Giovanni
Donna Elvira
In quali eccessi
gesture notation
performance practice
vocal performance
opera
Summary The study proposes a method of interpretation, which gives the contemporary singer-actor and director a method of performance analysis considering both the visual and the auditory aspects of vocal performance. The analysis begins with an analysis of the structure, which maps out the key ideas and translates them into main states of mind. The text analysis is followed by an analysis of the musical treatment of the text, also scanning for extra dramatic meaning inherent in vocal line and musical accompaniment. The so isolated dramatic ideas in text and musical structure and content are finally discussed in terms of their physical aspects, using the system of gesture as practiced by actors and singers before, during and beyond the Baroque period. The method is exemplified by the obbligato recitative "In quali eccessi" from Donna Elvira’s scene in the second act of the opera "Don Giovanni" by L. Da Ponte and W. A. Mozart. The musical example includes gestural notation and a table gestural notation symbols.
ISBN 1904303358
9781904303350
Language eng
Field of Research 190407 Music Performance
190409 Musicology and Ethnomusicology
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016221

Document type: Conference Paper
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