Commentary on Canonne (2018): Listening to Improvisation

Authors

  • Manuel Anglada-Tort Audio Communication Group, Technische Universit

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18061/emr.v13i1-2.6387

Keywords:

improvisation, aesthetics, music evaluation, contextual information

Abstract

The target study explores whether evaluations of the same piece of music differ under two distinct listening conditions: listening to a piece described either as an improvisation or as a preexisting composition. Participants (N = 16) in the two conditions listened to the same musical piece and provided verbal evaluative judgements. The author used a grounded theory approach to analyze listeners' responses, reporting different listening experiences in the two groups. The findings provide unique insights to enable a greater understanding of the nature of the aesthetics of improvisation. In this commentary, I first discuss the strengths of the article, followed by methodological considerations and suggestions for future research. I then present a short literature review and discussion of what I consider the most relevant topic in relation to this study, namely, the effects of contextual information on subjective evaluations.

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Published

2019-01-17

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Commentaries