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The Mind's EarExercises for Improving the Musical Imagination for Performers, Composers, and Listeners$
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Bruce Adolphe

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197576311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197576311.001.0001

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Performers and the Imagination

(p.1) Introduction
The Mind's Ear

Bruce Adolphe

Oxford University Press

The Introduction explains the purpose and method of the book: to improve the musical imagination through creative, fun exercises based on improvisational theater games that have been reimagined for musicians. A sense of playfulness and spontaneity is central to this approach. The primary goal of developing the mind’s ear is to improve the ability to imagine and remember music in silence and to be able to hear in the mind music that is printed on the page without the aid of instrument. It is essential to attend to the musician’s inner life, to explore emotions in relation to musical expression, rather than only emphasize the physical challenges of instrumental technique. Strengthening emotional memory as actors are trained to do, as well as deliberately exercising the imagination and the mind’s ear will lead to more meaningful performances, more personal compositions, and will enrich the listening experience. The introduction also addresses related concepts in subsections: Something to Say; On Interpretation; On Performing New Music; Hearing in Silence.

Keywords:   musical imagination, theater games, imagination exercises, emotional memory, interpretation, new music, silence, mind’s ear

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