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Musical Gesture

Title: The Musical Gesture: An Evaluation of Musical Aspects Interconnected with Motion.
Name(s): Teague, Anna, author
College of Music
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Music and physical motion appear to be cognitively inseparable. Published studies on this phenomenon address three key issues: (1) ways in which music and motion pertain to each other, (2) the pervasiveness of the music-motion connection within and beyond cultural boundaries, and (3) suggested purposes of this connection. My interest lies in how eighteenth-century dance music and motion metaphors shape and inform one another. I offer two contributions to the literature: a review of the current state of research on this topic, and an experiment. The integration of motion in music was explored through testing the appropriateness of motion metaphors on eighteenth-century dance music. The experiment examined trained musicians' responses to this music to ascertain (1) the frequency of motion metaphors in free responses and (2) the influence of tempo on representative motion metaphors. The results showed that participants freely used motion metaphors to describe music. They also exposed situations in which tempo change affected metaphor ratings. The trends of a metaphor's ratings occasionally differed according to dance type and trends often differed when comparing the ratings of opposite metaphors. However, the results showed no main effect for tempo, as well as unpredicted main effects for dance type and metaphor.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0129 (IID)
Keywords: music-motion connection, cross-domain mapping, tempo, topoi, dance, metaphor
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Music Theory in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2013.
Date of Defense: December 7, 2012.
Subject(s): Music theory
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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