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Composition and Performance can be, and often have been, Research

Pace, I. (2016). Composition and Performance can be, and often have been, Research. Tempo, 70(275), pp. 60-70. doi: 10.1017/S0040298215000637

Abstract

John Croft’s article ‘Composition is not Research’ challenges a conception and ideal of compositional work in academia which has grown in prominence over several decades in the UK. As a performer-scholar, who also writes non-performance-related scholarship, I welcome this challenge, share some of Croft’s reservations about the ways in which these conceptions often manifest themselves, and also have concerns about the rushed integration of practitioners into academia and the implications for more traditional forms of scholarship. However, I find many of Croft’s formulations and assumptions too narrow, and instead argue that a good deal of the process of composition and performance does constitute research – grappling with difficult questions, exploring solutions, and producing creative work which embodies these solutions and from which others can draw much of value.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Cambridge Journals, 2015. Content and layout follow Cambridge University Press’s submission requirements. This version may have been revised following peer review but may be subject to further editorial input by Cambridge University Press.
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Music
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12804
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