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Garnett,Liz: Choral Conducting & the Construction of Meaning (Ashgate Books) Hardback

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Catalogue No: 9780754663799
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Subtitle: Gesture, Voice, Identity

Department: Biographies & Reference - Books & Literature (Classical)

Publisher: Ashgate

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It is a truism in teaching choral conducting that the director should look like s/he wishes the choir to sound. The conductor's physical demeanour has a direct effect on how the choir sings, at a level that is largely unconscious and involuntary. This book explores these questions at both theoretical and practical levels. It examines textual and ethnographic sources, and draws on theories from critical musicology and nonverbal communication studies to analyse them.

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Contents: Introduction: choral conducting in context; Part I How to Study Conducting: Model, Method, Metalanguage: How do people think about conducting?; From ethnography to peer research; How to write about conducting. Part II Choral Singing and Enculturation: Defining choral culture: what counts as choral?; Creating choral culture: the dos and don'ts; Maintaining choral culture: policing the boundaries. Part III Conducting Gesture and Musical Thought: Different styles, different gestures; Different styles, common ground; Metaphoric gesture and embodied musical meaning; Spontaneous gesture and the ensemble. Part IV The Conductor-Choir Bond: Monkey see, monkey do; Making use of the conductor-choir bond; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
  

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