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Embodiment of Musical Creativity

The Cognitive and Performative Causality of Musical Composition, 1st Edition

By Zvonimir Nagy


228 pages

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Embodiment of Musical Creativity offers an innovative look at the interdisciplinary nature of creativity in musical composition. Using examples from empirical and theoretical research in creativity studies, music theory and cognition, psychology and philosophy, performance and education studies, and the author’s own creative practice, the book examines how the reciprocity of cognition and performativity contributes to our understanding of musical creativity in composition. From the composer’s perspective the book investigates the psychological attributes of creative cognition whose associations become the foundation for an understanding of embodied creativity in musical composition. The book defines the embodiment of musical creativity as a cognitive and performative causality: a relationship between the cause and effect of our experience when composing music. Considering the theoretical, practical, contextual, and pedagogical implications of embodied creative experience, the book redefines aspects of musical composition to reflect the changing ways that musical creativity is understood and evaluated. Embodiment of Musical Creativity provides a comparative study of musical composition, in turn articulating a new perspective on musical creativity.

Table of Contents


Series Editor’s Preface



Part I Towards the Embodiment of Musical Creativity

1 Multimodality of Creative Experience in Music

2 Embodied Cognition of Compositional Creativity

Part II The Embodied Creativity of Musical Composition

3 From Spirit—Within Sound—To Self

4 Embodiment of the Compositional Process

Part III Conceptualization and Contextualization of Musical Creativity

5 Inspiration—Imagination—Innovation

6 Teaching and Learning Compositional Creativity


About the Author

Zvonimir Nagy is a composer and music scholar. His work extends into interdisciplinary contexts and perspectives on musical creativity and embodied music cognition, forging connections between music composition and theory, psychology and philosophy, and technology and performance. He is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About the Series

SEMPRE Studies in The Psychology of Music

The theme for the series is the psychology of music, broadly defined. Topics include (i) musical development at different ages, (ii) exceptional musical development in the context of special educational needs, (iii) musical cognition and context, (iv) culture, mind and music, (v) micro to macro perspectives on the impact of music on the individual (from neurological studies through to social psychology), (vi) the development of advanced performance skills and (vii) affective perspectives on musical learning. The series presents the implications of research findings for a wide readership, including user-groups (music teachers, policy makers, parents) as well as the international academic and research communities. This expansive embrace, in terms of both subject matter and intended audience (drawing on basic and applied research from across the globe), is the distinguishing feature of the series, and it serves SEMPRE’s distinctive mission, which is to promote and ensure coherent and symbiotic links between education, music and psychology research.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General