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Generative Processes in MusicThe Psychology of Performance, Improvisation, and Composition$
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John Sloboda

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198508465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198508465.001.0001

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Experimental research into musical generative ability

Experimental research into musical generative ability

(p.179) 8 Experimental research into musical generative ability
Generative Processes in Music

Mária Sági

Iván Vitányl

Oxford University Press

One of the projects carried on for about 15 years in the Institute for Culture of Hungary has been concerned with analysing human creative faculties; in particular, artistic creativity. This chapter describes part of the research into musical creativity. It highlights the global features of structure and style in the spontaneous improvisations of ordinary Hungarians. A principal finding of the study was that the majority of untrained subjects were able to use some coherent strategy to provide a melody, often based on forms available in their culture, but to some extent affected by the nature of the words they were required to set.

Keywords:   Hungary, improvisation, generative ability, musical creativity

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