Creativity in Composition and Improvisation

Part of the Computational Music Science book series (CMS)


Composition and improvisation are two forms of musical creation. Although they are different, they share a number of characteristic features. We are not going to claim their equivalence or even essential identity. But we shall focus on the aspect of creativity they share, and we shall try to prove that this aspect is—albeit complementary—essentially of equal weight in the creation of musical works. We shall more precisely make clear that composition and improvisation turn out to be two ramifications of one and the same creative strategy: There is always composition in the genesis of improvisation, and vice versa.


Logical Time Musical Work Western Music Symbolic Object Musical Object 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

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

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