Infantilisation and Creative Performance


Infantilisation and Creative Performance

Heinze Room
Conservatorium of Music


Royal Parade

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Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

This event is part of the Louise hanson-Dyer Music Colloquia series.

This series of colloquia perpetuates the legacy and cultural impact of Melburnian music patron and publisher Louise Hanson-Dyer (1884–1962) – founder of Éditions de l’Oiseau-Lyre – by bringing cutting-edge issues in music research to a public forum for discussion and debate.

The idea that in western art music a performer’s job is to reproduce a composer’s intentions is so deeply embedded that decades of scepticism from musicology has had little impact on belief, teaching or practice. It tightly constrains performers’ creativity and leads them to believe that such constraints are good, while at the same time causing widespread psychological and professional insecurity. Why is fear of innovation in musical communication so deep-seated? Various reasons are explored including music’s evocation of infant/carer vocalisation and its modelling of communication with a perfect Being. A liberated approach to performance will be proposed and illustrated.

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