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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2015, A Musicology of Performance: Theory and Method Based on Bach's Solos for Violin, 1, Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK,
2015
Fabian D, 2015, Musicology of Performance: Theory and Method Based on Bach's Solos for Violin, OPEN BOOK PUBL,
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
Napier J; Fabian D, 2018, 'Musical practices in Australia: Reflections on the past and present', 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. 2 - 21,
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,
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,
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; 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,
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,
2014
Schubert E; Fabian D, 2014, 'A taxonomy of listeners' judgments of 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. 283 - 303,
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,
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
Schubert E; Fabian DS, 2005, 'An experimental investigation of musical character portrayed by piano versus harpsichord performances of a J. S. Bach excerpt', in Mackinlay E; Collins D; Owens S (ed.), Aesthetics and Experience in Music Performance Proceedings of the Musicological Society of Australia National Workshop Brisbane October 2003, edn. 1, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 70 - 84
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 Abstracts
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Fabian D, (ed.), 2016, 'A preliminary history of UNSW Opera', in Roger Covell at 85: A Tribute by his Colleagues and Students, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Australia, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Australia (Webster building), Vol. 1, pp. 14 - 14, presented at Roger Covell's 85th Celebrations and Symposium, School of the Arts and Media, UNSW Australia (Webster building), 05 March 2016 - 05 March 2016
2016
Conference Papers
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Bangert D; Fabian D; Schubert E, 2013, 'Doing without thinking? Aspects of musical decision-making revisited', in Williamon A; Goebl W (ed.), Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science, European Association of Conservatoires (AEC), Utrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 201, presented at International Symposium on Performance Science, Vienna, 28 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
2013
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; Schubert E, 2006, 'Parameters distinguishing Baroque and Romantic Performance', in Demorest SM; Morrison SJ; Campbell PS (eds.), ICMPC11 -- 11th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Causal Productions, Seattle, Washington USA, pp. 226 - 227, presented at ICMPC11 -- 11th International Conference of Music Perception and Cognition, Seattle, Washington USA, 22 August 2006 - 26 August 2006
2006
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2006, 'Perception of dotted rhythms: discovery of an auditory illusion', in Velichkovsky B; Chernigovskaya T; Alexandrov Y; Akhapkin D (eds.), 2nd Biennial Conference on Cognitive Science, 2nd Biennial Conference on Cognitive Science, St Petersburg, Russia, pp. 54 - 55, presented at 2nd Biennial Conference on Cognitive Science, St Petersburg, Russia, 09 June 2006 - 13 June 2006
2006
Schubert E; Fabian DS, 2005, 'Time shrinking as an explanation of the Kerning Illusion', in Chang S-H; Chong H-J (ed.), 2nd International Conference of Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Science of Music (APSCOM2), 2nd International Conference of Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Science of Music (APSCOM2), Seoul, South Korea, pp. 28 - 28, presented at 2nd International Conference of Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Science of Music (APSCOM2), Seoul, South Korea, 04 August 2005 - 06 August 2005
2005
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2004, 'Performerd and perceived dotting are different: Implications for performance practice and pedagogy', in Parncutt R; Kessler A; Zimmer F (eds.), CIM04, CIM04, University of Graz, Graz, Austria, pp. 74 - 75, presented at CIM04, University of Graz, Graz, Austria, 15 April 2004 - 18 April 2004
2004
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
Schubert E; Fabian D, 2003, 'Measuring musical character: A prliminary investigation', in Australian Journal of Psychology, Taylor and Francis, University of Western Sydney--Bankstown Campus, pp. 91 - 91, presented at 30th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, University of Western Sydney--Bankstown Campus, 25 April 2003 - 27 April 2003,
2003
Schubert E; Fabian DS, 2003, 'Expressiveness in musical performance: comparison of novice and expert-listener perspectives', in ESCOM5: Experience Music in Science, Science in Music, ESCOM5: Experience Music in Science, Science in Music, Hanover, University of Music and Drama, presented at ESCOM5: Experience Music in Science, Science in Music, Hanover, University of Music and Drama, 08 September 2003 - 13 September 2003
2003
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2003, 'Resolving the historical dotting debate: How empirical investigations may inform performance practice', in ESCOM5: Experience Music in Science, Science in Music, ESCOM5: Experience Music in Science, Science in Music, Hanover, University of Music and Drama, presented at ESCOM5: Experience Music in Science, Science in Music, Hanover, University of Music and Drama, 08 September 2003 - 13 September 2003
2003
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2002, 'Bach and overdotting: how empirical investigations can inform performance practice.', in Britta M; Melen M (ed.), Musical Creativity, Musical Creativity, University of Liege, presented at Musical Creativity, University of Liege, 05 April 2002 - 08 April 2002
2002
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2002, 'Listening to Bach: musical performance features and the perception of expressiveness in Baroque music.', in Stevens C; Burnham D; McPherson G; Schubert E; Renwick J (eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, IAEA2002, Tarakazuka, Japan, pp. 463 - 468, presented at IAEA2002, Tarakazuka, Japan, 04 August 2002 - 08 August 2002
2002
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
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2002, 'Is there only one way of being expressive in musical performance? - Lessons from listeners` reactions to performance of J. S. Bach`s music.', 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
Schubert E; Fabian DS, 2000, 'The perception of dotted rhythms and the kerning illusion', in 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, presented at 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 01 January 2000
2000
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2000, 'The multi-dimensional perception space of baroque music', in 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, presented at 6th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, 01 January 2000
2000
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,
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, '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,
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,
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,
2015
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,
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 D; Timmer R; Schubert E, (eds.), 2014, Expressiveness in Music Performance: Empirical Approaches across Styles and Cultures, 1, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, UK,
2014
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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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,
2017
Fabian D, 2017, 'Performers, Composers, Scores and Editions: Commentary on Huisman, Gingras, Dhondt, and Leman (2017)', EMPIRICAL MUSICOLOGY REVIEW, vol. 12, pp. 72 - 74,
2017
Bangert D; Schubert E; Fabian D, 2015, 'Practice thoughts and performance action: Observing processes of musical decision-making', Music Performance Research, vol. 7, pp. 27 - 46,
2015
Bangert D; Schubert E; Fabian D, 2014, 'A spiral model of musical decision-making', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 5, pp. 1 - 11,
2014
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,
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,
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; Schubert E; Pulley R, 2010, 'A baroque traumerei: The performance and perception of two violin renditions', Musicology Australia, vol. 32, pp. 27 - 44,
2010
Fabian D; Schubert E, 2010, 'A new perspective on the performance of dotted rhythms', Early Music, vol. 38, pp. 585 - 588,
2010
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; Pulley R, 2010, 'A Baroque Traumerei: The performance and perception of two violin renditions', Musicology Australia, vol. 32, pp. 25 - 42
2010
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, 2009, 'Baroque expressiveness and stylishness in three recordings of the D minor Sarabanda for Solo Violin', Music Performance Research, vol. 3, pp. 36 - 56,
2009
Fabian DS; Ornoy E, 2009, 'Identity in Violing Playing on Records', Performance Practice Review, vol. 14, pp. 1 - 40
2009
Fabian D; Schubert E, 2008, 'Musical character and the performance and perception of dotting, articulation and tempo in 34 recordings of variation 7 from J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations (BWV 988)', Musicae Scientiae, vol. 12, pp. 177 - 206,
2008
Schubert E; Fabian D, 2006, 'The dimensions of baroque music performance: A semantic differential study', Psychology of Music, vol. 34, pp. 573 - 587,
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 DS, 2006, 'Is diversity in Musical Performance Truly in Decline? The Evidence of Sound Recordings', Context, vol. 31 (2006), pp. 165 - 180
2006
Fabian D, 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,
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,
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 D; 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,
2003
Fabian DS; Schubert E, 2002, 'Preference and perception in dotted 6/8 patters by experienced and less experienced baroque music listeners.', Journal of Music Perception and Cognition, vol. 7, pp. 113 - 132
2002
Fabian D, 2001, 'The meaning of authenticity and the early music movement - A historical review', INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF THE AESTHETICS AND SOCIOLOGY OF MUSIC, vol. 32, pp. 153 - 167,
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
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Fabian DS, 2006, Bach: Violin Concertos -- liner notes, Video, Published: 2006, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
2006