Re-thinking Music Analysis and Performance

Re-thinking Music Analysis and Performance

19 November 2014

 Study day

 Jointly organized by the Institute of Musical Research,

Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, and

AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP)


With a substantial literature that represents a variety of theoretical positions as well as diverse methodological approaches, research on the relationship between music analysis and performance constitutes one of the largest, and at times most controversial, areas within performance studies. The aim of this study day is to re-think the relationship between music analysis and performance by considering well established as well as newly emerging perspectives in musicological, philosophical, psychological, ethnomusicological and practice-led research.

The three main themes of the study day are: analysis for performance; analysis of performance; and the role of performance in analysis. Proposals for individual papers and workshops/lecture-demonstrations (20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes discussion) are invited on the following topics as they relate to these three main themes of the conference:

– embodied approaches

– processes of performance preparation

– tradition and style

– pedagogical implications

– recordings

– technology

– musical ‘work’, ‘text’, ‘script’

– creativity

– musical instruments

– expression and affect

– value judgments

– notation

– historical perspectives

– epistemological and aesthetic perspectives

– intersubjectivity

– cross-cultural perspectives

Please submit a 250-word abstract as an email attachment to including the following information:

Name, affiliation, email address, AV requirements.

Please also include a brief biography (100 words maximum) for inclusion in the study day programme should your presentation be accepted.

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts is Friday, 26 September 2014.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by Friday, 10 October 2014.


Dr Mine Doğantan-Dack (University of Oxford)

Advisory Board

Prof Amanda Bayley (Bath Spa University)

Dr Elaine King (University of Hull)

Prof Daniel Leech-Wilkinson (King’s College London)

Prof John Rink (University of Cambridge)