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O fizyczność głosu Skandal śpiewającego ciała
About fisicality of the voice Scandal of the singing body

Author(s): Jacek Mikołajczyk
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Sociology of Art
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: In the introduction to the article the author considers the question of non-verbal communication aspect of musical expression, that evolves both above and outside of the linguistic and music texts. He wonders whether the voice influences the listener only as a transparent instrument, more or less perfect channel of the poetic and music values, always striving for an unreachable ideal of perfect transmission of the intentional “text” or maybe the pleasure of listening to the singing bodies derives not only from these aesthetic values but also form the physical aspects of the voice, that enable them to construct their own meanings, which can be grasped only within the performative act. He describes the paradox of “the operatic scandal of the singing body” formulated by Michelle Duncan, and then focuses onthe analysis of the relationship between “singing body” and models of music perception in the French tragédie lyrique in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Page Range: 74-85
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Polish