Collaboration between composer and performer: a case study on two pieces for solo guitar

Márlou Peruzzolo Vieira

Resumo


This paper discusses composer and performer collaboration, specifically in cases
whereby composers do not play the instrument for which they are composing. The article presents
results of the collaboration between the author and the composer Samuel Peruzzolo-Vieira during
the composition of two pieces for solo guitar written in 2015. A phenomenological approach was
chosen in order to demonstrate how both composer and performer experience a collaboration
process. The collaboration was designed taking into account a previous study of the descriptions of
6 non-guitarist composers and 8 guitarists interviewed between December 2014 and August 2015.
All stages of the collaboration were documented in videos, which functioned both as a record of the
process and as a multimedia support that helped the composer during the composition. Results
compare the composer’s ideas with the performer’s suggestions, showing that these were essential
in order to make the pieces playable and also idiomatic.


Palavras-chave


composer-performer collaboration; non-guitarist composer; guitar performance

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