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Bethany Davis October 15, 2018Research 201-B04Kuykendall Article Analysis 3: Creative Arts The article I am analyzing is Performance Analysis and Popular Music: A Manifesto by Philip Auslander. The article simply states that most article written about music are seldom aboutthe performance of it. The articles simply do not discuss the topic of performance or musicians asperformers, only a small amount of articles on the topic of music from the subject manner consider the performance of scholars. It seems to be common sense to mention this since they arethe cause of the music that is produced. The absence of the music would cause the discussion of such a topic but not until there was an issue or problem to mention. In the theatrical sense, musictends to be excluded and not mentioned, even though the musical attributes add much dramatizations to the performance. Scholars primary concern is with analyzing performances, who one might expect to be more open to the nonliterary aspects of performance. Scholars are nomore willing than traditional theatre historians to bring opera into the fold. Opera is solely focused on the performer instead of the other attributes that might be included in to the performance. Even though it would be unfair to chastise theater performance scholars for being reluctant to engage with musical forms without also pointing to that both academic musicologistsand serious fans of classical music are traditionally uninterested in performance as an object of analysis. No serious theatre scholar or theatre-goer would consider the opportunity to read a play while listening to actors perform it to be compensation for not being able to see the performance. The
presentation is everything in this business. The perspective rests on the premise that musical performance plays no part in the creative process, being only the medium through which the isolated, self-contained work has to pass in order to reach its goal, the listener. Small attributes