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Based on an ethnographic approach of Trinidad and Tobago steelbands, this article is rather a multi-disciplinary study of the memory of repertoire in this context. It presents several hypotheses explaining the impressive mnesic performances of the musicians from those orchestras: without any theoretical background nor score-sheets or regular practice, they perform by rote, at very fast tempos, challenging symphonic-like tunes. The argument emphasizes on visual coding and mental images, the implicit understanding of the instrument's intervals by the player, and the mimetic aspects of the performance.
Pour citer cet article :Helmlinger Aurélie (2008/1). Trinidad and Tobago steelbands: Cognitive ethnomusicogy of an orchestral memory. In Sedes Anne (Eds), Music and Cognition, Intellectica, 48-49, (pp.81-102), DOI: 10.3406/intel.2008.1241.