ERIC Number: EJ889097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
The Effect of Text Translation on Perceived Musical Tension in Debussy's "Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maisons"
Hackworth, Rhonda S.; Fredrickson, William E.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v58 n2 p184-195 Jul 2010
The primary focus of the present study was to investigate the effect participants' (N = 100) knowledge of a text translation may have on their perceived musical tension while listening to a piece of choral music sung in another language. When examining the graphs that show the group mean responses of the participants, control (without text translation) versus experimental (with text translation), it is clear that there are many similarities between the groups. Any differences that may be attributable to an understanding of the text while tracking tension in this musical selection are minimal and most likely individualized by participant. A secondary goal of the study was to observe the impact of having half the participants begin recording their responses with the dial pointer of the Continuous Response Digital Interface (CRDI) positioned either at the left of the tension curve-continuum or positioned at middial. Group data for participants' who started with their dials on the left, versus those who started with dials in the middle, also showed similarities sufficient to call into the question the idea that starting at a different place on this scale would affect recording of perceptions significantly. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Singing, Translation, Music, Second Languages, Listening Comprehension, Graphs, Questionnaires, Undergraduate Students, Music Education, Task Analysis
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