Musical Creativity

Strategies and Tools in Composition and Improvisation

  • Guerino Mazzola
  • Joomi Park
  • Florian Thalmann

Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 3-4
    3. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 5-11
  3. Practice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 15-16
    3. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 17-19
    4. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 21-22
    5. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 23-27
    6. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 29-35
    7. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 37-46
    8. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 47-56
    9. Guerino Mazzola, Joomi Park, Florian Thalmann
      Pages 57-71
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      Pages 73-84
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      Pages 85-92
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      Pages 93-105
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      Pages 107-116
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      Pages 117-121
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      Pages 123-127
  4. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129

About this book

Introduction

This book represents a new approach to musical creativity, dealing with the semiotics, mathematical principles, and software for creativity processes.

After a thorough introduction, the book offers a first practical part with a detailed tutorial for students in composition and improvisation, using musical instruments and music software. The second, theoretical part deals with historical, actual, and new principles of creative processes in music, based on the results and methods developed in the first author’s book Topos of Music and referring to semiotics, predicative objects, topos theory, and object-oriented concept architectures. The third part of the book details four case studies in musical creativity, including an analysis of the six variations of Beethoven's sonata op. 109, a discussion of the creative process in a CD coproduced in 2011 by the first and second authors, a recomposition of Boulez’s "Structures pour deux pianos" using the Rubato software module BigBang developed by the third author, and the Escher theorem from mathematical gesture theory in music.

This is both a textbook addressed to undergraduate and graduate students of music composition and improvisation, and also a state-of-the-art survey addressed to researchers in creativity studies and music technology. The book contains summaries and end-of-chapter questions, and the authors have used the book as the main reference to teach an undergraduate creativity studies program and also to teach composition. The text is supported throughout with musical score examples.

Keywords

composition creativity improvisation mathematical music theory music technology semiotics topos of music

Authors and affiliations

  • Guerino Mazzola
    • 1
  • Joomi Park
    • 2
  • Florian Thalmann
    • 3
  1. 1., School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.McNally Smith College of MusicSaint PaulUSA
  3. 3., School of MusicUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-24517-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-24516-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-24517-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-0305
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-0313
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