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Playing Chopin, Playing Barthes: Bringing Musical Practice to Reading

  • Steven Pane
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Part of the The Arts in Higher Education book series (AHE)

Abstract

How might the musical practices of interpretation and performance inform the practices of reading and writing? Using a phenomenological approach, this chapter follows a pianist as she learns the opening of Chopin’s Ballade in F Minor and then transfers the same musical tools to read Barthes’s “Death of the Author.” Examples include shaping ideas in sound and in words; developing instrumental technique and writing mechanics; and honing one’s voice within intertextual communities of sound and the written word. The final section explores this interdisciplinary connection between sound and word using Merleau-Ponty’s concept of body motility and Barthes’s ideas about play.

Keywords

Interdisciplinary practice and application Phenomenology of reading music and text - Teaching undergraduate reading 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Pane
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  1. 1.University of Maine FarmingtonFarmingtonUSA

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