Tuntiopettaja, S/Sävellys ja musiikinteoria
DOCTORAL PROJECT (finished in 2017)
Cecilia Oinas: "Magic points" and evaded cadences: analysis, performance, and their interaction in four opening piano trio movements of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann
This study will examine the opening sonata-form movements of the piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) and Robert Schumann (1810–1856), concentrating on the interaction between analysis and performance. The aim is to consider and explore musical motion from various analytical perspectives – such as formal, structural, metrical, and a more general dramatic aspect – and see how they interact. In addition, these analytical insights are related to the issues of performance, and the study examines both how the analytical findings might be reflected in performance and, vice versa, how the analytical interpretation might be influenced by the experience gained while rehearsing the works for performance. The practicing process of the piano trio ensemble (with myself at the piano) is documented in a rehearsal diary. By capturing the ways how performers themselves discuss the pieces, fresh and new ideas are brought to the analysis and performance studies that traditionally have been dominated by analysis-to-performance discussion, not the other way round. As a conclusion, the research includes both a more analytical, scholarly viewpoint and an introspective, performance-related viewpoint; thus the study is one of mixed method research.