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Informed Play and the Self-Expressive

In his new book, Informed Play, Robin Rolfhamre at the Department of Classical Music and Music Education takes a closer look at music making and tone production as self-expressive acts.

Informed Play: Approaching a Concept and Biology of Tone Production on Early Modern Lute Instruments presents a conceptual understanding of tone production based on extensive historical research on primary sources, modern literature and handbook reviews, physical and psychological perspectives as well as on technology.

Robin Rolfhamre book-cover

The book-cover of Rolfhamre’s newly published Informed Play, Published Open Access by Cappelen Damm Akademisk.

-The book represents a unique and significant contribution to research on Early music performance, particularly on lute instruments.

 At a lute-centred level, this book challenges many preconceptions about tone production by addressing the motivations behind certain choices made in and embraced by the Early Music community. It is therefore an essential ‘desk reference’ for both researchers and performers. At a meta-level, Informed Play offers a general perspective of how self-expressive acts, physical and social causes and effects can be perceived biologically to better understand historical music performance as a social practice and phenomenon.

Robin Rolfhamre portrait

Robin Rolfhamre (MMus, PhD), Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Classical Music and Music Education

The author, Robin Rolfhamre (Associate Professor of Classical Music, MMus, PhD) holds a position at the Department of Classical Music and Music Education, Faculty of Fine Arts. He is a lutenist, guitarist and researcher studying Early Modern music (c. 1400–1700) from an inter-human and social perspective focusing particularly on self-expressive acts, communication (particularly through rhetoric and social psychology) and performance practice. In 2016, he was awarded the Agder Academy of Science and Letters’ Research Prize for Young Researchers. Get to know him better at www.rolfhamre.com


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