The Musical Body: Devising a choreo-musical interpretation for the work Tierkreis (1974-75) by Karlheinz Stockhausen

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In this chapter the authors explore a practice-led approach to understanding the role of the body in music performance.

Many writers have discussed the body in music performance, in improvised music, as well as in electronic music. In this chapter the authors offer new modalities of reflection on the musical body in the interpretation of existing contemporary repertoire. Specifically, the authors discuss a re-interpretation of German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen's musical work 'Tierkreis'. Through the development of a specifically physical approach to the performance, the authors investigate the intrinsic relationship between the body and the music and point to an under-explored modality, which is not a musical choreography, but a choreography that is shaped through the musical body itself. It is a modality in which music itself propels forward choreographic ideas, the body becoming the driving force behind musical interpretation. The authors' thinking is influenced by Susan Kozel’s understanding of performance as an ecosystem (Kozel 2007) and framed within a subjective account of musical embodiment.

By merging theory with praxis the authors offer a deeper understanding of the role of the body in music performance and consider how such contributions might lead to new and exciting interpretive frameworks for existing musical repertoires.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNine Ways of Seeing a Body
EditorsSandra Reeve
PublisherTriarchy Press
Publication date28 Jun 2013
Pages99
Number of pages109
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-909470-17-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-909470-16-3
StatePublished

Publication series

NameNine Ways of Seeing a Body
PublisherTriarchy Press

Research areas

  • music performance, choreo-musical, embodiment, Stockhausen, Tierkreis,

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