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  • Individuality in music performance


  • Humans are remarkably adept at identifying individuals on the basis of their facial features, or other traits such as gait or vocal timbre. Besides voice, another auditory medium capable of carrying identity information is music. Indeed, certain famous musicians, such as John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins, need only to play a few notes to be unequivocally recognized. Along with emotion and structural cues, artistic individuality seems to be a key element communicated in music performance. Yet, the means by which individuality is expressed in performance, as well as the cognitive processes employed by listeners to perceive identity cues, remain poorly elucidated. Other pertinent issues, including the connection between a performer's technical competence and ability to convey a specific musical identity, as well as potential links between individuality and career-defining outcomes such as critical recognition and aesthetic appraisal, warrant further exploration. Quantitative approaches to the study of music performance have benefited greatly from MIDI technology and the application of computational methods, leading to the flourishing of empirical music performance research over the last few decades. More recently, neuroimaging techniques have provided valuable insights into the neural mechanisms involved in the cognitive processes of performing music. Nevertheless, this field continues to benefit greatly from qualitative approaches, given that the communication of affect and identity cues in music performance leads to a rich subjectivity of impressions that must be accounted for in order to lead to a greater understanding of this multifaceted phenomenon. The aim of this Research Topic is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary research broadly related to the expression and perception of individuality in music performance. Research methodology includes behavioral, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging techniques. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are presented The scope of this Research Topic includes laboratory studies as well as studies in real-life performance settings and longitudinal studies on performers.


  • Gingras, Bruno, editor.

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  • Lausanne, Switzerland : Frontiers Media SA, [2014]


  • Individuality in Music Performance: Introduction to the Research Topic / Bruno Gingras -- How to Quantify Individuality in Music Performance? Studying Artistic Expression With Averaging Procedures / Clemens W ollner -- Interpreting Expressive Performance Through Listener Judgments of Musical Tension / Morwaread M. Farbood and Finn Upham -- Individuality that is Unheard of: Systematic Temporal Deviations in Scale Playing Leave an Inaudible Pianistic Fingerprint / Floris Tijmen Van Vugt, Hans-Christian Jabusch and Eckart Altenm uller -- Investigating Pianists' Individuality in the Performance of Five Timbral Nuances Through Patterns of Articulation, Touch, Dynamics, and Pedaling / Michel Bernays and Caroline Traube -- Getting Into the Musical Zone: Trait Emotional Intelligence and Amount of Practice Predict Flow in Pianists / Manuela M. Marin and Joydeep Bhattacharya -- Individuality in Harpsichord Performance: Disentangling Performer- and Piece-Specific Influences on Interpretive Choices / Bruno Gingras, Pierre-Yves Asselin and Stephen McAdams -- Perceiving Individuality in Harpsichord Performance / R eka Koren and Bruno Gingras -- The Linked Dual Representation Model of Vocal Perception and Production / Sean Hutchins and Sylvain Moreno -- Perceptual Pitch Deficits Coexist With Pitch Production Difficulties in Music but Not Mandarin Speech / Wu-xia Yang, Jie Feng, Wan-ting Huang, Cheng-xiang Zhang and Yun Nan -- Cross-Modal Signatures in Maternal Speech and Singing / Sandra E. Trehub, Judy Plantinga, Jelena Brcic and Magda Nowicki -- Singing Emotionally: A Study of Pre-Production, Production, and Post-Production Facial Expressions / Lena R. Quinto, William F. Thompson, Christian Kroos and Caroline Palmer -- The Influence of Vocal Training and Acting Experience on Measures of Voice Quality and Emotional Genuineness / Steven R. Livingstone, Deanna H. Choi and Frank A. Russo -- Simulating and Stimulating Performance: Introducing Distributed Simulation to Enhance Musical Learning and Performance / Aaron Williamon, Lisa Aufegger and Hubert Eiholzer -- Musical Feedback During Exercise Machine Workout Enhances Mood / Thomas H. Fritz, Johanna Halfpaap, Sophia Grahl, Ambika Kirkland and Arno Villringer.


  • -  Individual differences
  • -  Music--Performance


  • -  "Frontiers in Psychology."
  • -  Includes bibliographical references.
  • -  Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (Frontiers In, viewed July 9, 2020).


  • 1 electronic resource (171 pages) : color illustrations.

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  • BF697

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  • 2020394839

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