Making an impression: Error location and repertoire features affect performance quality rating processes

Waddell, G. and Perkins, R. and Williamon, A. (2018) Making an impression: Error location and repertoire features affect performance quality rating processes. Music Perception, 36 (1). pp. 60-76. ISSN 1533-8312

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Abstract

This article examines the effects of composition length, familiarity, and likeability—as well as the location of performance errors—on the process of forming performance quality ratings. Five piano works by Chopin and a twentieth-century composer were cho- sen to vary by length and familiarity. Three of these pieces were then manipulated to contain performance errors in the opening material, and two of those the same error at the recapitulation. Forty-two musicians provided continuous quality evaluations and final quality ratings of the performances, hearing one version of each piece. The results showed that familiarity had no effect within works of a well-known composer, but times to first and final decision were significantly extended for an unfamiliar work of an unfamiliar composer. A shorter piece led to a shorter time to first decision. An error at the beginning of a performance caused a shorter time to first decision and lower initial and final ratings, where the same error at the recapitulation did not have a significant effect on the final judgment, despite causing a temporary negative drop. These findings demonstrate how evaluators’ knowledge of a work can affect their rating process and the importance of making a strong first impression in performance.

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Additional Information: Published as Waddell, G., Perkins, R., & Williamon, A. (2018), Making an impression: Error location and repertoire features affect performance quality rating processes, Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 36(1), 60-76. © 2018 by the Regents of the University of California. Copying and permissions notice: Authorization to copy this content beyond fair use (as specified in Sections 107 and 108 of the U. S. Copyright Law) for internal or personal use, or the internal or personal use of specific clients, is granted by the Regents of the University of California for libraries and other users, provided that they are registered with and pay the specified fee via Rightslink® or directly with the Copyright Clearance Center.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Performance Science
Music Psychology
Music cognition
Division: Performance Science
Depositing User: Dr George Waddell
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2018 12:51
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2018 16:45
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/MP.2018.36.1.60
URI: http://researchonline.rcm.ac.uk/id/eprint/277

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