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A study in early improvisation: the use of renaissance improvisation to bridge the written and unwritten practices in modern music education
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The study is centred on a contemporary method, inspired and based on principles of improvisation from renaissance music, to learn improvisation on notated music in order to find out its potential use in modern music education. The teaching method was developed by the musician William Dongois. Therefore the research was performed through interviews with him and two of his colleagues. The other two informants were Peter van Heyghen, a musician and pedagogue, and Marleen Leicher, also a musician, pedagogue and former student of both William and Peter. The interviews were carried out at the informants’ homes, in Paris, Antwerpen and Brussels during the second week of February 2003. I found that much of the approaches to learn how to play and to improvise in the renaissance, also known as playing diminutions, in many ways corresponds to other pedagogical methods that is not based on written material, similar to oral transmission. These pedagogical aspects, such as learning by imitation, playing by ear, playing by heart and constructing own ornamental figures and patterns over a pre- existing melody, are also important parts of the method developed by William Dongois. The method evolved as a result of trying to find a way to practise technique as well as experimenting with improvisation. The method, if adapted to the proper circumstances, is appropriate to use with beginners and possibly also together with most kinds of music.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007.
Keyword [en]
Fine Art, Improvisation, Early music, Renaissance music, Diminutions, Oral transmission
Keyword [sv]
Konstnärligt arbete
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57508ISRN: LTU-CUPP--07/006--SELocal ID: e299b0ec-1007-45be-9104-7ef28778e757OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-57508DiVA: diva2:1030895
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Music, Music Pedagogy & Musicology, bachelor's level
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Note
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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