Keith Sawyer urges music scholars to get attuned to performance

Creativity expert, Keith Sawyer–a recent guest presenter at the Institute’s online conversation, “Creating the World,” with Gwen Lowenheim–spoke at the conference of the Performance Studies Network at the University of Cambridge. He discussed how performance, by and large, has been overlooked in music scholarship, which has focused instead on the (individual) creative genius of the composer. Argues Sawyer:

Most musical traditions do not have “composers” who create; rather, they perform pieces that are handed down from previous generations….In most musical traditions, performance is a collective act, done by an ensemble, and interaction among the performers is at the core of performance.

Read more here on Keith’s blog.


About Janet Wootten

Janet Wootten is a media and public relations professional, a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors and a leader of its annual community fundraising campaign.
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One Response to Keith Sawyer urges music scholars to get attuned to performance

  1. Susan Massad says:

    Wanted to reference the recent ESI sponsored workshop with noted British composer and musicologist, June Boyce Tillman, who very engagingly taught us, people of all different musical abilities and aptitudes, about entering the musical space where play, creativity, collectivity could take place. It was an example of of the kind of collective composing and creativity that you reference in your question. It was an exercise in playing with music that I as a non-musical person could joyously participate in.
    Susan Massad

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