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Expressive Gesture in Grieg’s Recordings of Two Op. 43 Lyric Pieces: An Exploratory Principal Components Analysis

Volioti, Georgia (2017) Expressive Gesture in Grieg’s Recordings of Two Op. 43 Lyric Pieces: An Exploratory Principal Components Analysis Music Performance Research.

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Abstract

Historical recordings embody the material traces of legendary performers from the past and can offer an inspirational resource for modern interpreters. Despite limitations, early recordings can provide a rich and reliable source of information for the performer-scholar. This article is an empirical investigation of Edvard Grieg’s performance style from the historical recordings of two of his Lyric Pieces: ‘Butterfly’, Op. 43 No. 1, and ‘To the Spring’, Op. 43 No. 6. First, taking a bottom-up approach and starting from the composer’s recordings, salient gestures in Grieg’s performance style are traced using empirical techniques of beat-tempo analysis. Second, exploratory Principal Components Analysis (PCA) is used to compare the composer’s timing profiles to those of other pianists in the sample. Results show that Grieg’s extreme flexibility in performance tempo distinguishes him from other interpreters. Specifically, the rhythmic pull of the principal motif in ‘Butterfly’, Op. 43 No. 1, and the rhetorical inflection of the melody in ‘To the Spring’, Op. 43 No. 6, appear to be idiomatic features of Grieg’s style.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Music
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Volioti, Georgiag.volioti@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 5 December 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2017 Royal Northern College of Music
Uncontrolled Keywords : Grieg; recordings; performance style; expressive gesture; beat-tempo analysis
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 05 Sep 2017 09:41
Last Modified : 15 Sep 2017 07:32
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/842165

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