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Hild Borchgrevink: Writing on music as a performative practice.

How is time expressed in language on music?

Field of study: Performance Practice


Nicholas Cook refers to a performative turn from a music theory emphasizing music as text or scores, to one that emphasizes music as action, process and social situation (Cook 2013). With Browne's feminist historiography (Browne 2014) as a point of departure, the project aims to supplement such an idea of a performative turn with an understanding of writing on music and music as two different time-based practices that influence the understanding of each other. Writing about music also happens in time and expresses time. I also aim to investigate whether the term performativity is used in different ways in linguistic and musical discourses, and to reveal ways the performative and the written constitute music as a public space: as shared between performers, composers, and audience.

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Published: Jun 9, 2022 — Last updated: Feb 22, 2024