Partnership in piano duet playing

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This chapter discusses factors contributing to the development of partnership within the rehearsal process of a piano duet, explored previously in relation to empathy (Haddon and Hutchinson 2015). A reflective-analytical approach was utilised in which the participant-researchers undertook reflective writing after each of eight rehearsals; this dialogic undertaking produced a substantial body of rich data. Further thematic analysis for this chapter revealed processes concerning individual qualities and joint possibilities; trajectories of foundational elements which underpin creative exploration, and key issues relating to preparation; ensemble leadership; communication roles, modes and strategies; shared creative musicianship and possibility thinking. These are discussed in relation to literature on partnership within other fields. The findings have implications for ensemble rehearsal and performance as well as for educators working with chamber musicians, in particular through consideration of concerns relating to communication strategies, sharing and developing ideas, and issues of roles and responsibility. The role of the shared reflective writing in facilitating various aspects including longitudinal recall is also discussed in regard to its influence on the development of the partnership. These concerns are of relevance to those involved in chamber music within non-formal contexts as well as musicians within formal and educational settings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe chamber musician in the twenty-first century
EditorsMine Dogantan-Dack
Place of PublicationBasel
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-03897-563-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-03897-562-5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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