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The ability to improvise represents one of the highest levels of musical achievement. An improviser must master a musical language to such a degree as to be able to spontaneously invent stylistically idiomatic compositions on the spot. This feat is one of the pinnacles of human creativity, and yet its cognitive basis is poorly understood. What musical knowledge is required ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published September 3rd 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Keeping true to the spirit of improvisation, this review is unscripted. I don't know what my next sentence will say. I won't let myself go back and edit, because time's arrow seems to push us unflinchingly in one direction. I cannot backtrack, nor will I hesitate: when performing there's no room to breathe. Just create.

Yet how are we able to generate new ideas on-the-fly? What cognitive resources must be available, and from what knowledge base do we draw from in order to produce in the heat of t
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