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Nature vs. Culture in ritardando performances

Molina-Solana, Miguel and Grachten, Maarten
Proc. Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM10) , pp. 55–61 (2010)


We present in this work the two traditional visions for the role of performers in music performance. These two alternatives can be seen as a particular case of the nature versus culture debate. The first vision considers that performances are shaped by the structure of the piece, with the performer being a mere transmitter. The second one claims that performers do have a more active role, with the obligation of shaping the music according to their own will. We offer a brief review of several ideas and works, supporting both sides, about the issue. Besides this discussion, we describe our own experimentation.


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  author = {Molina-Solana, Miguel and Grachten, Maarten},
  booktitle = {Proc. Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM10)},
  year = {2010},
  address = {Sheffield, UK},
  month = jul,
  pages = {55--61},
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