Reading in the Dark - A Performer's Encounter with Emily Dickinson and her American Musical Interpreters: (The 1st International HARP Conference, Royal Northern College of Music, UK)

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Abstract

At first glance it may appear that the lyric qualities of Emily Dickinson’s poetry are more amenable to musical treatment than the complex, and sometimes hidden, narratives which underpin her work. Whilst the rendition of singular states of feeling, is a hallmark of many of the musical interpretations of Dickinson’s work, many of the musical settings of her poetry and correspondence also track a complex relationship to the evolving narratives within the texts themselves. Settings which appear to diverge from the surface meaning of the texts often do so in an attempt to express deeper emotional and psychological dramas, dramas which are embedded at a layer of experience to which words may not provide adequate access. This body of research was born out of my desire, as a professional vocal accompanist and coach, to explore and promote the art of song preparation and performance as a viable means of expressing the veiled emotional contours rooted in Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. By means of live performance, analysis, and critical reflection this practice-led project investigates both the musical embodiment of these contours and the specifics of narrative development within selected musical examples. In particular it focuses on Dickinson’s assumption of the role of musician, composer and performer, the way in which the interaction between these ‘players’ in her drama of self is reflected and expressed in musical terms and how both composer, performer and, ultimately, audience are inspired to practise “reading in the dark”.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusIn preparation - 29 Jun 2018
EventHARP (Hub for Artistic Research in Performance): 1st International Conference on Artistic Research in Performance - Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 28 Jun 201829 Jun 2018
https://www.rncm.ac.uk/research/research-centres-rncm/harp/

Conference

ConferenceHARP (Hub for Artistic Research in Performance)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityManchester
Period28/06/1829/06/18
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Keywords

  • music
  • poetry
  • cultural theory
  • performance aesthetics

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    A Performer's Encounter with Emily Dickinson: Reading in the Dark

    Panizza, N., 1 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) Routledge. 350 p. (Routledge Research in Music)

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  • Reading in the Dark - A Performer's Encounter with Emily Dickinson and her American Musical Interpreters

    Panizza, N., Meyer-Dinkgräfe, D. (ed.) & Manning, C. (Translator), 30 Nov 2019, 400 p.

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  • Reading in the Dark - A Performer's Encounter with Emily Dickinson and her American Musical Interpreters

    Panizza, N., 8 Jan 2015, (Accepted/In press).

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