Gestural Patterns in Kujaw Folk Performing Traditions: Implications for the Performer of Chopin's Mazurkas

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dc.contributor.author Zaborowski, Monika
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-04T22:17:50Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-04T22:17:50Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-09-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/4914
dc.description.abstract One of the major problems faced by performers of Chopin’s mazurkas is recapturing the elements that Chopin drew from Polish folk music. Although scholars from around 1900 exaggerated Chopin’s quotation of Polish folk tunes in their mixed agendas that related ‘Polishness’ to Chopin, many of the rudimentary and more complex elements of Polish folk music are present in his compositions. These elements affect such issues as rhythm and meter, tempo and tempo fluctuation, repetitive motives, undulating melodies, function of I and V harmonies. During his vacations in Szafarnia in the Kujawy region of Central Poland in his late teens, Chopin absorbed aspects of Kujaw performing traditions which served as impulses for his compositions. This study examines how certain qualities of movement or gesture experienced in Kujaw music are embedded in Chopin’s mazurka style. Modern performances of Chopin’s mazurkas are too often far removed from these original sources. This thesis aims to reconnect the pianist with the gestures embedded within Chopin’s mazurka styles by: i) assessing the gestural nuances in Kujaw folk music; ii) identifying these trends as gestures and notational elements in Chopin’s mazurkas; and iii) examining historical performances of Chopin’s mazurkas to demonstrate the techniques that performers have utilized to capture these folk patterns and traditions. Field recordings from the Kujaw region, and historical recordings of Chopin mazurkas played mostly by Polish pianists accompany the discussion. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Chopin en_US
dc.subject Mazurkas en_US
dc.subject Performance en_US
dc.subject Kujawy en_US
dc.subject Folk en_US
dc.subject Poland en_US
dc.subject Gesture en_US
dc.title Gestural Patterns in Kujaw Folk Performing Traditions: Implications for the Performer of Chopin's Mazurkas en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Lewis Hammond, Susan
dc.contributor.supervisor Vogt, Bruce
dc.degree.department School of Music en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0413 en_US

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