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Musical Performance

Musical Performance is a transboundary artistic research topic, where artistic issues relevant to musical creativity and performance are examined, usually in close connection to their own creative musical-artistic activities. The subject covers the whole musical field, regardless of genre or form of expression. Artistic method, theory and practice are essential in research, while openness is the second methodological and theoretical approaches. The subject interacts with a number of other disciplines such as music education, sound engineering and acoustics, but also with other arts, especially dance.

Musical Performance is a young research topic at the university. It was established in 2004 and the first three doctoral students defended their dissertations in 2008. There are currently six doctoral students. Two professors with PhD degrees are active within the subject, in addition to four artistic professors involved in artistic development work, research and supervision.

Musical Performance is central to Innovative Art and Science, one of nine areas of excellence in research and innovation at the university. Here the subject participates in the development of interdisciplinary research within areas such as innovative opera, robot choreography, musicians' health and musical interpretation. Within the research project "Room for Interpretation", funded by the Swedish Research Council. This research, enabled by the unique variable acoustics of the concert hall Studio Acusticum, examines the relationship between music making, music listening and room acoustics.

Another area where innovative collaboration between artistic creation and technological research and development is in focus is the research on dance and movement, where choreographies involving both human dancers and robots are created and studied.

Other areas of research in Music Performance include:

  • Music performance practice, mainly focusing on 1700s and 1800s music.
  • The organ, its history, function and music
  • Recordings as a source of music performance practice

Doctoral dissertations:

  • Human Mechanics and Inspired Machines: Choreographic Perspectives on Human Qualities in Body Movements (Åsa Unander-Scharin, 2008)
  •   "... The World in a Skater’s Siilence before Bach": Historically Informed Performance Practice from a Music-Ontological Contextual Perspective, Highlighted by a Case Study of the Sonata in E major, BWV 1035, by J S Bach (Lena Weman Ericsson, 2008)
  • Song in Popular Music Genres: Artistic, Psychological and Pedagogical Aspects (Daniel Borch, 2008)
  • Never Heard Before: A Musical Exploration of Organ Voicing (João Segurado, 2015)

Licentiate thesis

  • iOpera – the Virtual Opera House (Fredrik Högberg, 2012)

Ongoing PhD projects:

  • Living Music: The Ritornello and the Creation of Music (Fredrik Hedelin)
  • Pop into My Head: An Inside Perspective on the Making and Shaping of Melodies in Popular Songwriting (David Myhr)
  • Let the Singers Loose! An Artistic Investigation of Norms for Voice Types and Gender Structures within Opera (Tove Dahlberg)
  • Musical Gestures in Performance: A Creative Space in Music Making (Kerstin Frödin)
  • ELPIS – Reconstruction and Innovation: Creative Processes in Making a Contemporary ‘Renaissance’ Opera (Daniel Stighäll)
  • Composing a Cultural Environment – Minority Languages and Culture as the Basis of Musical Creation (Torbjörn Ömalm)