Expression Theories and Three Case Studies on Chopin's Mazurka No. 17 Op. 4 in A Minor
Arts and Sciences
Some theories posit that expression is found in the creative process of composing a piece. Others claim that expression and meaning are detected entirely through the ears of the listener. Theorist Robin George Collingwood adheres to the first view. He argues that expression is developed in the creative process of composing music. Peter Kivy, on the other hand, supports the second view, claiming that expression is founded on the listener’s experience. The aim of this research project is to compare these two views and to relate them to a specific piece of music, thereby explicating and exemplifying the differing expression theories. The piece of music serving as basis for two case studies – one for each theory – is Chopin’s Mazurka No. 17 Op. 4 in A Minor. I end by briefly presenting my own theoretical framework for expression theory in music, again using the example of Chopin’s Mazurka.
Berkseth, Anthony, "Expression Theories and Three Case Studies on Chopin's Mazurka No. 17 Op. 4 in A Minor" (2016). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 520.