On the relationship between music analysis and performance

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Although using different methods and sometimes reaching different results, music analysis and performance share many common goals and interests. One of the most obvious is the desire to understand and express the essence of music. As two independent ways of interpretation, both music analysis and performance have proven their viability, but the history of their interaction is only in its incipient stage.

Several scholars have written on the relationship between music analysis and performance, especially in the last decade. However, the relationship between the two disciplines resists straightforward definition, and it can be characterized as complex and elusive. The main purpose of this document is to stimulate interest in this topic and to point out the importance of studying this relationship. By discussing and reflecting on issues related to this subject, this study aims to emphasize the great potential of an interactive relationship between music analysis and performance.