Informed Phrasing

Nadav Katan
analytically informed performance practice, phrasing, schenker analysis, temporal gestalt theory
Started in 2018



Informed Phrasing will suggest a new way to incorporate analytical findings into musical performance. Focusing on phrasing, as one of the most important aspects of musical performance, the research will explore the influence of both the Schenkerian method of music analysis and the Temporal Gestalt Theory on the human perception of the phrase and subsequently, on the performance of the phrase. The general adjustment of musical performance according to a Schenkerian view on a piece of music has been discussed already by Heinrich Schenker himself, and later on by his successors. Nonetheless, the possibility and benefits of integrating the Temporal Gestalt Perception in this 'Schenkerian informed practice', so to say, is almost entirely unexplored. For that intent, my research will include side by side, the theoretical approach and the practical experience.