Pamela Burnard

in Musical Creativities in Practice

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199583942
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740671 | DOI:

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This chapter studies the myths of musical creativity and tries to determine why studying the assumptions that support them is so important. It first notes that myths are significant to those who are in music education and the music business, and that mythmaking and myth telling are deeply embedded in human behaviour. It then identifies other myths of compositional history, such as the idea of the Romantic artist, and views the composition as an object and as fixed. The final section of the chapter tries to determine which voice is regarded as the author and who authorizes it, and studies the constructions of dominant discourse.

Keywords: myths; mythmaking; compositional history; Romantic artist; composition; dominant discourse; constructions

Chapter.  13194 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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