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The Improvising MindCognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment$
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Aaron Berkowitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.001.0001

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

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

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(p.177) Coda Constraints and freedom: Improvisation in music, language, and nature
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The Improvising Mind
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Aaron L. Berkowitz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590957.003.0010

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

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