Virtuosity, post-instrumental practice, and collapse: a correspondence

Louise Devenish, Jennifer Torrence

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This chapter is not a chapter. It is a brief sequence of letters between two percussionists on opposite sides of the world, Louise Devenish and Jennifer Torrence. Sharing their experiences and responses as musicians active in new music as collaborator-composer-performers, the letters reveal something of the process of unpacking the nature of virtuosity in the context of a musical discipline developed long after the concept was initially formalised. Post-instrumental practice and experimentation emerge as nodes within a meshwork of overlapping and opposing thoughts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Musical Virtuosities
EditorsLouise Devenish, Cat Hope
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781000951912, 9781003307969
ISBN (Print)9781032310855, 9781032310862
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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