Dorottya Fabian

Professor, Associate Dean Research Training
Associate Dean

My research focuses on changes in interpretations of Western Classical (concert) music as evidenced on commercial sound recordings. I study both the technical and expressive dimensions of interpretations and focus primarily on string, vocal and keyboard players and repertoires. I'm also interested in audience response, how and why taste and aesthetic preferences change, and the role of culture in all this. My approach embraces both quantitative, experimental and qualitative, empirical methods of investigation.

Subject areas
lensMusic

Publications

Books
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Fabian D, 2015, Musicology of Performance: Theory and Method Based on Bach's Solos for Violin, OPEN BOOK PUBL,
2015
Fabian D, 2015, A Musicology of Performance: Theory and Method Based on Bach's Solos for Violin, 1, Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0064
2015
Fabian DS, 2003, Bach performance practice 1945-1975: A comprehensive review of sound recordings and literature, 1, Ashgate, Aldershot
2003
Book Chapters
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Napier J, 2018, 'The Company You Keep', in Fabian D; Napier J (ed.), Diversity in Australia's Music: Themes Past, Present and for the Future, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 158 - 171
2018
Fabian D, 2018, 'Making the obscure familiar: Roger Covell's contribution to opera in Sydney', in Fabian D; Napier J (ed.), Diversity in Australia's Music: Themes Past, Present and for the Future, edn. 1, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 185 - 199, http://www.cambridgescholars.com/diversity-in-australias-music
2018
Fabian D, 2017, 'Historical Performance Practice at the beginning of the new millennium', in Harer I; Rottensteiner G (ed.), Wissenschaft und Praxis – Altes und Neues. Festschrift 50 Jahre Institut 15: Alte Musik und Aufführungspraxis an der Kunstuniversität Graz, edn. 1, Leykam, Graz, pp. 131 - 143
2017
Fabian D, 2017, 'Performing music: Written traditions', in The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition, pp. 277 - 288, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315194738
2017
Fabian D, 2016, 'A Tribute to Roger Covell', in Fabian D; Maddock S (ed.), Roger Covell at 85: A Tribute by his Colleagues and Students, edn. 1, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Australia, Sydney, pp. 2 - 6
2016
Fabian D, 2014, 'Commercial Sound Recordings and Trends in Expressive Music Performance', in , Oxford University Press, pp. 58 - 79, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659647.003.0004
2014
Fabian D; Timmers R; Schubert E, 2014, 'Afterthought', in Fabian D; Timmers R; Schubert E (ed.), Expressiveness in Music Performance: Empirical approaches across styles and cultures, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 353 - 356, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199659647.do
2014
Fabian D; Timmers R; Schubert E, 2014, 'Introduction: Expressiveness in music Performance', in Fabian D; Timmers R; Schubert E (ed.), Expressiveness in Music Performance: Empirical approaches across styles and cultures, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. xxi - xxx, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199659647.do
2014
Fabian D, 2014, 'Commercial Sound Recordings and Trends in Expressive Music Performance: Why should experimental researchers pay attention?', in Fabian D; Timmers R; Schubert E (ed.), Expressiveness in music performance: empirical approaches across styles and cultures, edn. 1, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 58 - 79, http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199659647.do
2014
Fabian DS, 2008, 'Classical Sound Recordings and Live Performances: Artistic and Analytical Perspectives', in Dogantan-Dack M (ed.), Recorded Music: Philosophical and Critical Reflections, edn. 1, Middlesex University Press, London, pp. 232 - 260
2008
Fabian DS, 2006, 'The merits of archival research in music: reviews of Bach Awakening in England and Musical Entries at Stationers` Hall 1710-1818', in Musicology Australia, edn. Original, Musicological Society of Australia, Kensington, NSW, pp. 128 - 131
2006
Fabian DS, 2005, 'Towards a Performance History of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin: Preliminary Investigations', in Vikárius L; Lampert V (ed.), Essays in Honor of Laszlo Somfai on His 70th Birthday: Studies in the Sources and the Interpretation of Music, edn. 1, Scarecrow press, Lanham, Maryland (USA), pp. 87 - 108
2005
Fabian DS, 2000, 'Novotny,Franz Anton', in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Volume 18, edn. Original, Macmillan Press, London, pp. 222 - 223
2000
Fabian DS, 1996, 'A Bach-interpretacio valtozo stilusa:Goldberg-variaciok 1945-1978', in Zenetudomanyi tanulmanyok Kroo Gyorgy tiszteletere, edn. Original, Magyar Zenetudomanyi es Zenekritikai Tarsasag, Budapest, pp. 26 - 41
1996
Conference Papers
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Bangert D; Schubert E; Fabian D, 2010, 'Historically informed practice: Musical decision-making in Baroque violin music', in Demorest SM; Morrison SJ; Campbell PS (eds.), ICMPC11: 11th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Causal Productions, Seattle, Washington USA, pp. 313 - 314, presented at ICMPC11: 11th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Seattle, Washington USA, 23 August 2010 - 27 August 2010
2010
Bangert D; Schubert E; Fabian D, 2009, 'Decision making in unpracticed and practiced performances of Baroque violin music', in Stevens C; Schubert E; Kruithof B; Buckley K; Fazio S (eds.), Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Music Communication Science (ICoMCS2), HCSNet, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, pp. 3 - 6, presented at 2nd International Conference on Music Communication Science, University of New South Wales, 03 December 2009 - 04 December 2009
2009
Fabian DS, 2009, 'Diversity and Homogeneity in Contemporary Recordings of Solo Bach', in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), Utrecht, The Netherlands, presented at International Symposium on Performance Science, 01 January 2009
2009
Fabian DS, 2004, 'Bach performance practice in the twentieth century: recordings, reviews and reception', in 9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, 9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, Dublin, Ireland, presented at 9th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music, Dublin, Ireland, 12 July 2000 - 16 July 2000
2004
Fabian DS, 2002, 'Dotting your ears: some implications of the kerning illusion in the study of performance practice.', in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, ICMPC7: 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, University of New South Wales, presented at ICMPC7: 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, University of New South Wales, 17 July 2002 - 21 July 2002
2002
Conference Presentations
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Fabian D, 2016, '“The Music”: Analysing the performer in the work with a lead from Gilles Deleuze.', presented at Music as Art, Artefact and Fact - Symposium of the International Musicological Society, Stavanger, Norway, 01 July 2016 - 06 July 2016, https://www.uis.no/samfunn-og-naeringsliv/konferanser/music-as-art-artefact-and-fact/
2016
Fabian D, 2016, 'A preliminary history of UNSW Opera', presented at Roger Covell's 85th Celebration and Symposium, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Australia (Webster building), 05 March 2016 - 05 March 2016
2016
Fabian D, 2015, 'Analysing classical music performance: how limiting are audio-only approaches?', presented at International Conference on Multimodal Experience of Music, Sheffield University, 23 March 2015 - 25 March 2015, https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/music/research/researchcentres/mmm/icmem
2015
Fabian D, 2015, 'Towards a holistic and multi-cultural analysis of performance', presented at 3rd Biennial Conference of the East-Asia Regional Association of the International Musicological Society, University of Hong Kong, HK, 04 July 2015 - 06 July 2015, http://imsea2015.wix.com/home
2015
Fabian D, 2015, 'Violinists’ dialogue with tradition: The current state of performing Solo Bach', presented at Musical Dialogues - National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney (Australia), 01 October 2015 - 04 October 2015, http://music.sydney.edu.au/research/special-research-events/msa-conference-2015/
2015
Fabian D, 2015, 'A Musicology of Performance? Complex Systems and the Non-linearity of Expressive Variation', presented at Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Royal Northern College of Music; Manchester, UK, 17 August 2015 - 22 August 2015, https://www.facebook.com/events/1612113169027568/
2015
Edited Books
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Fabian D; Napier J, (eds.), 2018, Diversity in Australia's Music: Themes Past, Present, and for the Future, 1, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne,
2018
Fabian D; Maddock S, (ed.), 2016, Roger Covell at 85: A Tribute by his Colleagues and Students, 1, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2016
Fabian DS, (ed.), 2009, Musica: the Life and Times of the Great Composers (1000 years of classical Music), 1, Millennium House, Elanora Heights, NSW
2009
Journal articles
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Zhou DQ; Fabian D, 2019, 'A Three-Dimensional Model for Evaluating Individual Differences in Tempo and Tempo Variation in Musical Performance', Musicae Scientiae, pp. 102986491987312 - 102986491987312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1029864919873124
2019
Fabian D, 2017, 'Performers, Composers, Scores and Editions: Commentary on Huisman, Gingras, Dhondt, and Leman (2017)', EMPIRICAL MUSICOLOGY REVIEW, vol. 12, pp. 72 - 74, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000424575900009&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2017
Fabian D, 2017, 'Analyzing Difference in Recordings of Bach’s Violin Solos with a Lead from Gilles Deleuze', Music Theory Online, vol. 23, pp. 1 - 23, http://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.17.23.4/mto.17.23.4.fabian.html
2017
Bangert D; Fabian D; Schubert E; Yeadon D, 2014, 'Performing solo Bach: A case study of musical decision-making', Musicae Scientiae, vol. 18, pp. 35 - 52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1029864913509812
2014
Fabian DS, 2013, 'Ornamentation in Recent Recordings of J.S. Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas for Violin', Min-Ad: Israel Studies in Musicology Online, vol. 11, pp. 1 - 21, http://www.biu.ac.il/hu/mu/min-ad/
2013
Fabian DS; Sung A, 2011, 'Variety in Performance: A comparative Analysis of Recorded Performances of Bach’s Sixth Suite for Solo Cello from 1961 to 1998', Empirical Musicology Review, vol. 6, pp. 23 - 42
2011
Fabian D, 2010, 'Quantifying the Use of Dynamics in Western Keyboard Music: Lessons and Problems', EMPIRICAL MUSICOLOGY REVIEW, vol. 5, pp. 112 - 114,
2010
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2010, 'A new perspective on the performance of dotted rhythms', Early Music, vol. 38, pp. 585 - 588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/em/caq079
2010
Fabian DS; Schubert E; Pulley R, 2010, 'A Baroque Traumerei: The performance and perception of two violin renditions', Musicology Australia, vol. 32, pp. 25 - 42
2010
Fabian DS, 2010, 'Quantifying the Use of Dynamics in Western Keyboard Music: Lessons and Problems', Empirical Musicology Review, vol. 5, pp. 112 - 114, https://kb.osu.edu/dspace/bitstream/1811/47562/1/EMR000086b-Fabian.pdf
2010
Fabian DS; Ornoy E, 2009, 'Identity in Violing Playing on Records', Performance Practice Review, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 40
2009
Fabian DS, 2006, 'Is diversity in Musical Performance Truly in Decline? The Evidence of Sound Recordings', Context, vol. 31 (2006), pp. 165 - 180
2006
Fabian DS, 2006, 'The recordings of Joachim, Ysaye and Sarasate in light of their reception by nineteenth-century British critics (Joseph Joachim, Pablo Sarasate, Eugene Ysaye)', International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, vol. 37, pp. 189 - 211, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000244415900005&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2006
Fabian DS, 2006, 'The recordings of Joachim, Ysaÿe and Sarasate in light of their reception by nineteenth-century British critics', International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, vol. 37, pp. 189 - 211
2006
Fabian D, 2005, 'The merits of archival research in music: The english bach awakening: Knowledge of J. S. Bach and his music', Musicology Australia, vol. 28, pp. 127 - 130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08145857.2005.10415282
2005
Fabian DS, 2004, 'Adalekok J.S. Bach szolo hegeduszonatainak es -partitainak eloadastortenetehez [Towards a performance history of J.S. Bach`s sonatas and partitas for solo violin]', Magyar Zenei Tanacs (Hungarian Music Council), vol. 42, pp. 311 - 335
2004
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2003, 'Expressive devices and perceived musical character in 34 performances of Variation 7 from Bach`s Goldberg Variations', Musicae Scientiae, vol. Special, pp. 49 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/10298649040070S103
2003
Fabian DS, 2001, 'The meaning of authenticity and the early music movement - a historical view', International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, vol. 32, pp. 153 - 167, http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1562264
2001
Fabian DS, 2000, 'Musicology and performance practice: in search of a historical style with Bach recordings', Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, pp. 77 - 106
2000
Fabian DS, 1997, 'Changing Style in Performing J.S. Bach`s Music, 1945-1978: The Goldberg Variations', The Consort, pp. 23 - 39
1997
Fabian D, 'From Stage to Page: Studying the Performance of Music', , http://dx.doi.org/10.11647/obp.0173.0012
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Fabian DS, 2006, Bach: Violin Concertos -- liner notes, Video, Published: 2006, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2006