Motivations for interpretation in recorded performances of Villa-Lobos’s Five preludes for solo guitar

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2019-05

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Raabe, Joan Esther

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This study will focus on various motivations for wide-ranging interpretations by prominent classical guitarists of Villa-Lobos’s Five Preludes for solo guitar. The recorded performances I examine are by well-known classical guitarists, chosen because they best represent a wide range of possible performance interpretations, even when these may go beyond literal adherence to the notated score. I propose expressive motivations for their interpretations, utilizing theories of musical energy (Larson), agential energies (Hatten), virtual agency (Hatten) and musical narrative (Almén)

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