Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

Music Research Seminar: Kenneth Hamilton

Kenneth Hamilton

Seminar Title: Interpretation and Its Discontents: approaches to the theory and practice of interpretation


Lecture Theatre 1, School of Music

The speaker is Prof. Kenneth Hamilton (Cardiff University)

“I don’t want my music to be ‚interpreted‘, merely to be played“, Ravel famously said. But what did he mean by interpretation, and what did Liszt mean when he exalted the performer as the co-creator, not the “passive servant“ of a composition?

This presentation discusses and evaluates concepts of score-reading and interpretation, of liberty and fidelity, and suggests that we are today sometimes not only misreading the score, but misunderstanding the status of the score in its historical context.

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