The composer is often viewed as the musician par excellence, who, whilst sharing much in common with the general musician, is often suspected of possessing additional, nearly superhuman qualities. The research discussed in this chapter develops a view of the composer as a special kind of musician who possesses particular abilities that are reflected in exceptional levels of certain traits of personality. The composers' characteristics are viewed here through Cattell's factors and Jung's preference. The composer's creative disposition is described as a unique combination of introversion, independence, sensitivity, imagination, and radicalism. Further, interpretation of the composer's temperament through Myer-Briggs highlights composers' introverted, intuitive, feelingful, and perceptive stance towards their work. Also, the author asserts that composers' works frequently reveal considerable insights about their personalities and perceptual styles, and can open up windows on their internal worlds and psychological needs.
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