Building on the insights of the first volume on Music and Gesture (Gritten and King, Ashgate 2006), the rationale for this sequel volume is twofold: first, to clarify the way in which the subject is continuing to take shape by highlighting both central and developing trends, as well as popular and less frequent areas of investigation; second, to provide alternative and complementary insights into the particular areas of the subject articulated in the first volume. The thirteen chapters are structured in a broad narrative trajectory moving from theory to practice, embracing Western and non-Western practices, real and virtual gestures, live and recorded performances, physical and acoustic gestures, visual and auditory perception, among other themes of topical interest. The main areas of enquiry include psychobiology; perception and cognition; philosophy and semiotics; conducting; ensemble work and solo piano playing. The volume is intended to promote and stimulate further research in Musical Gesture Studies.

chapter |10 pages


ByAnthony Gritten, Elaine King

chapter 4|16 pages

Musical Gesture and Musical Grammar: A Cognitive Approach

ByLawrence M. Zbikowski

chapter 5|24 pages

Distraction in Polyphonic Gesture

ByAnthony Gritten

chapter 6|8 pages

The Semiotic Gesture

ByOle Kühl

chapter 7|28 pages

Gestural Economies in Conducting

ByPhillip Murray Dineen

chapter 8|18 pages

Computational Analysis of Conductors’ Temporal Gestures

ByGeoff Luck

chapter 9|26 pages

Gestures and Glances: Interactions in Ensemble Rehearsal

ByElaine King, Jane Ginsborg