The Beatles and Vocal Expression

Author:   Bláithín Duggan
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN:  

9781032346069


Pages:   202
Publication Date:   01 December 2023
Format:   Hardback
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The Beatles and Vocal Expression examines popular song through the topic of paralanguage – a sub-category of nonverbal communication that addresses characteristics of speech that modify meaning and convey emotion. It responds to the general consensus regarding the limitations of Western art music notation to analyse popular song, assesses paralinguistic voice qualities giving rise to expressive tropes within and across songs, and lastly addresses gaps in existing Beatles scholarship. Taking The Beatles’ UK studio albums (1963–1970), paralinguistic voice qualities are examined in relation to concepts, characteristics, metaphors, and functions of paralanguage in vocal performance. Tropes, such as rising and falling intonation on words of woe, have historical connections to performative and conversational techniques. This interdisciplinary analysis is achieved through musicology, sound studies, applied linguistics, and cultural history. The new methodology locates paralinguistic voice qualities in recordings, identifies features, shows functions, and draws aural threads within and across popular songs.

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Author:   Bláithín Duggan
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
Weight:   0.557kg
ISBN:  

9781032346069


ISBN 10:   103234606
Pages:   202
Publication Date:   01 December 2023
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Contents Contents List of Tables List of Analytical Examples Acknowledgements Bibliography Index Rethinking The Beatles Before The Beatles: 1950s American Popular Song Primary Voice Qualities: Arch Shaped Intonation Vocal Qualifiers: Vocal Fry, Falsetto, and Head Voice Vocal Alternants: Stop Time and Pauses in Interaction Differentiators: Laughter and Crying in Vocal Performance Paralanguage and Inter-Song Thematic Processes Paralinguistic Personae and The Beatles

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Bláithín Duggan is a part-time lecturer at Dublin City University. Bláithín’s research focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis and interpretation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century popular song. This encompasses music theory and analysis, sound studies, performance studies, and paralinguistics. In 2020, Bláithín’s doctoral thesis ‘Paralanguage and The Beatles’, completed under the supervision of Dr Simon Trezise at Trinity College Dublin, was awarded the inaugural Society for Musicology in Ireland Harry White doctoral medal.

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