Lost in music: understanding the hermeneutic overlap in musical composition, performance and improvisation

Ramshaw, P. (2006) Lost in music: understanding the hermeneutic overlap in musical composition, performance and improvisation. In: 5th International Music Theory Conference: 'Principles of Music Composing: Creative Process'. Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Vilnius, Lithuania, pp. 138-147. ISBN 9986503639

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Abstract

This paper will present a method of understanding the interpretive mechanism of creativity that occurs during composition, performance and improvisation.
In his seminal work ‘Truth and Method’, Hans Georg Gadamer wrote of being ‘lost inplay’: the way towards understanding and interpretation was to recognise that we are only‘truly’ capable of interpreting something if we are totally absorbed in it. A considerationof Gadamer’s concept of play will provide the starting point for generating insights onhow we think about doing something creative when we are actually doing it.
The paper will also revisit the problem of the hermeneutic circle, seek to unpack therelevance of Gadamer’s analogy for contemporary approaches to composition,performance and improvisation which it will also be suggested constitutes compositionand performance in real time.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Music
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2012 11:31
Last Modified: 18 May 2017 09:11
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/189

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