Efficient Practice Design (2018)

Seungjin Kang
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Name: Seungjin Kang Main Subject: Classical Horn Research Supervisor: Susan Williams Title of Research: Efficient practice design: utilising a six-step process of borrowing ideas Research Question: How can I develop a practice strategy that involves consciously working with borrowed musical ideas? Summary of Results: The performer implements expressive performance through interpretation within the potential possibilities of the work (and the performer). This research focuses on developing a much more conscious process in which I would know and understand where my musical ideas are coming from. To do this, I used a practice design utilising the six-step process of borrowing ideas from David Kord Murray's Borrowing Brilliance. Prior to the study, I interviewed three horn teachers from the Royal Conservatoire to compare how the musical ideas that these teachers use are formed. I compared their processes of approaching repertoire with the processes described in Murray’s book. I also analysed four (contrasting) recordings of the concerto, noting details of how they were played – also with audio editing software. The analysis of the teachers' responses showed that some of the ‘six steps to borrowing ideas’ featured. In this study, I used principles of the six-step process to design an exercise regime to help me practice Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4. I used practice notes (logbook) to record the process and analyse the results. As a result, the conscious exercises (in six stages), compared to my earlier way of practicing, enabled more planned execution and showed that a more systematic and efficient interpretation of the work was possible. Going through the ‘six-step processes’ and repeating them enabled new insights and improved interpretation of repertoire. This process is summarised in the form of endless algorithms. Biography: Horn player Seungjin Kang was born in South Korea where he began his musical studies with Seok-jun Lee and Kyung-il Choi. In 2013 he completed his Bachelor's at the Korea national university of arts and at the age of 24 he was appointed the principal horn player of the Cheongju Philharmonic Orchestra of Korea. He studied abroad in this orchestra in 2016 and as a result, is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague, where he studies with Martin van de Merwe and natural horn with Teunis van der Zwart. Between 2016-2018 he played at the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Gergiev Festival, Asko Schönberg, Dutch National Opera Academy.
typeresearch exposition
last modified23/11/2018
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portal issue3. Internal publication

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