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ERIC Number: EJ1051647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0255-7614
Preparing Stylistically Challenging Contemporary Classical Repertoire for Performance: Interpreting "Kumari"
Viney, Liam; Blom, Diana
International Journal of Music Education, v33 n1 p66-79 Feb 2015
Research involving the learning processes of musicians seldom examines specific pieces of music, and limited attention has been devoted to the earliest stages of learning a stylistically challenging or new piece of 20th-/21st-century art music. This article describes the processes by which two pianists (the authors) learned Ross Edwards's "Kumari", for solo piano. In doing so, it outlines five "elements" in a model for understanding or replicating that process. A key finding is the concept that some modern repertoire may require a preparation stage that occurs earlier than learning stages documented in the literature, one that establishes an "interpretation platform" for learning music in an unfamiliar style. This article offers a guide to pianists learning or teaching "Kumari", other works by Edwards, and other stylistically challenging contemporary piano music. More broadly, it may serve as a model for any individual engaged with less familiar repertoire, and may, therefore, be of benefit to music educators working with students in challenging repertoire for solo instruments, ensembles or choirs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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