Feldenkrais’s touch, Ephram’s laughter, Gould’s sensorium: listening and musical practice between thinking and doing

Sholl, Robert (2019) Feldenkrais’s touch, Ephram’s laughter, Gould’s sensorium: listening and musical practice between thinking and doing. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 144 (2). pp. 397-428. ISSN 0269-0403

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Abstract

This study addresses listening as a hinge between a therapeutic and musical context. In the first two sections I examine the productive confluence of Jean-Luc Nancy’s thought and Mosche Feldenkrais’s somatic practice. I show that the ‘subject’ is configured as both embodied and enactivist. Drawing on Nancy’s work, Jacques Lacan and education and developmental child psychology, I position the listening subject on a fulcrum of balance and imbalance essential to learning and musical practice. In the third part of this study, I concretise Feldenkrais’s ideals of correct action and listening in musical practice. Using Glenn Gould and empirical work on musical practice, I explore the significance of listening between acts of playing. Listening is proposed not merely as a phenomenological form of making sense (Nancy), but as a form of self-negotiation, and an enactivist and imaginative space that leads to new possibilities of thought and refinement of action.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of the Royal Musical Association on 30/09/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02690403.2019.1651500
Subjects: Music > Music performance
Music > Musicology
Depositing User: Robert Sholl
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 11:06
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2019 09:21
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/5256

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