Gestural migration as a pedagogical tool in violin learning: a case study

Roberto Alonso Trillo*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article explores the potential of gestural migrations as a novel approach to violin pedagogy, allowing us to trace enlightening parallelisms between the learning of musical performative gestures and the gestural dimension of cinema as a time-shaped/shaping artistic discipline. As a case study, I take the first movement of Claude Debussy's Violin Sonata L. 140, composed in 1917, following an empirically grounded quantitative analytical approach. I attempt to trace gestural correspondences with selected scenes from the contemporary French cinematic movement that fascinated the composer in the early years of the twentieth century.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-405
Number of pages25
JournalMusic Education Research
Issue number4
Early online date13 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Music
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Education

User-Defined Keywords

  • Cinema
  • Claude Debussy
  • Gestural Mapping
  • Gestural Migration
  • Violin Pedagogy


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