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Tristram: speaking about my own musical life, development, and identity

Gary E. McPherson, Jane W. Davidson and Robert Faulkner

in Music In Our Lives: Rethinking Musical Ability, Development, and Identity

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199579297
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579297.003.0050
Tristram: speaking about my own musical life, development, and identity

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This chapter presents the reflective musical life-story of Tristram. His musical life seems to capture what the changing self might look or sound like musically, from his early sampling of musical instruments, his rejection of drumkit ‘coolness’, his strong sense of being a mallet percussionist, his impressive journey as a bassoon player and composer, only to make a dramatic realignment as a young adult as an aspiring writer, dancer, and singer, having rejected instrumental music almost entirely — for the time being.

Keywords: musical life; changing self; musical development; musical instruments

Chapter.  9681 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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