Music Psychology and the Composer
This chapter outlines some of the issues which may prevent psychologists and composers achieving a profitable meeting of minds, examines some aspects of a framework for mutual activity, and, through this framework, attempts to point to the type of psychological findings which might be truly relevant for composers. One factor which may propel contemporary composers to search outside their own discipline for enlightenment is the breakdown of cultural consensus and traditions concerning the most basic parameters of music, its form, its instruments, its functions. Art music has broken free of longstanding constraints imposed not only by culture, but also by technology. In terms of theories of problem solving, composers must somehow ‘reduce the search space’. The chapter then proposes a different model as a potentially useful meeting ground for psychologists and composers, music analogy as architecture or artefact.
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