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.
This artistic research project exposes Robert Mitchell's attempts to layer musical materials from the core of the classical piano repertoire - in this case, materials from scores and sketches of Robert Schumann - to create ever increasingly larger spaces in which improvisatory practice at the piano can take place.
My research topic is rhythm and rhythm notation in Western research, music theory, and practice. The research aims to investigate the role music notation held in shaping time, i.e. how musical notation not only preserves, but also structures it, in order that it becomes writable.