Playing Schumann Again for the First Time.

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.
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Bobby Mitchell

Keywords: improvisation, piano, schumann
Duration: Started in 2013
Period: 19th century music, 21st century music
Musician type: keyboard
Host institution: Leiden University

Prof. Frans de Ruiter (promotor), Marcel Cobussen (promotor), Rudolf Lutz

The research constists of the following steps:

Step 1: Choose strands of musical materials: melodies, harmonic patterns, figurative patterns, etc.

Step 2: Layer these pieces of 'debris' in unforeseen ways and realize the result through pianistic practice.

Step 3: Evaluate the sounding results and repeat the process with a conscious awareness of processing musical materials in a way that increasingly bears my own sonic signature.