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Essay
Music-Dance: Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse

Year: 2017

Music-Dance: Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse
Edited by Patrizia Veroli and Gianfranco Vinay,
Volume 3 of “Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century”
Routledge, London, 2017

Music-Dance explores the nature of choreomusical work, its complex authorship, the cognitive processes in dance performance and its modes of reception. Scholars of dance and music analyse the ways the musical score changes its prescriptive status when part of a choreographic project, the encounter between sound and motion on stage and the intersection of listening and sight in the act of reception. The authors of the essays also include representative specialists of “choreomusicology”, historians of dance, scholars of 20th-century composition, and experts on the cognitive sciences and performance. The main thematic areas are: the  relationships between sound and motion in dance performance; the notational practice of choreographers and
the parallel attempts of composers to find a graphic representation for musical gestures; the experience of dance as a paradigm for multimodal perception; and notation, multimedia and the analysis of performance.