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Musical corporality in popular music: a view of Baden Powell e Egberto Gismonti's performances on the guitar

Study based on the doctoral dissertation (SCHROEDER, 2006) in which I propose the concept of musical corporality to be able to explain the performances of five Brazilian popular musicians. Through the investigation of the relations that two of these musicians (Baden Powell e Egberto Gismonti) construct with their instruments (the popular acoustic guitar) and languages (instrumental popular music), we intend to emphasize the performance as a game of tensions between the particular possibilities of the musicians (for the realization as well as for the musical understanding) and the languages, genres and musical instruments chosen by them for expression. These instruments are marked by rules derived from a historical and collective process that does not happen in one single individual. On the other hand, the musicians are marked by possibilities and difficulties that do not allow the full realization of collective requirements. Music is born from this complex game.

musical corporality; music performance; popular music; Baden Powell; Egberto Gismonti


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