Is it possible to abandon the faithful reproduction of a score without rejecting the legacy of Western notated art music?
Aiming to enhance inspiration in improvisation and composition in contemporary modal music, through and towards her artistic practice, this research will first explore in-depth aspects of metric/rhythmic improvisational practices through paradigmatic figures of the 20th century from various modal traditions.
The principle of Werktreue, or fidelity to the musical work, has long been performers' most important ethical imperative. Yet, the rigid work concept may not be the best way to think about the fluid arts of performance during the 17th century. Edwards proposes instead to approach this music through the lens of rhetorical memory.
In this project, Rohana aims to further develop and enrich his improvisation and composition skills and techniques, and to develop a framework to continually expand his performance repertoire.