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Constraints and freedom: Improvisation in music, language, and nature

Aaron L. Berkowitz

in The Improvising Mind

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590957
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594595 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.003.0010
Constraints and freedom: Improvisation in music, language, and nature

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This concluding section explores the interactions of constraints, freedom, and style in improvisation, drawing on all of the materials discussed in previous chapters. These ideas are presented in cross-cultural context, as well as with respect to the music-language comparisons developed in previous chapters. In conclusion, improvisation is explored as an evolutionarily adaptive feature of everyday cognition and neurobiological development.

Keywords: improvisation; musical style; music‐language comparisons; cross‐cultural comparisons; connectome; evolution

Chapter.  2730 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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