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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

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

Aaron L. Berkowitz

Oxford University Press

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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