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Mastering the Art of PerformanceA Primer for Musicians$
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Stewart Gordon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177435

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177435.001.0001

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Why We Perform

Why We Perform

Forging a Performance Philosophy

(p.25) chapter two Why We Perform
Mastering the Art of Performance

Stewart Gordon

Oxford University Press

Four categories are identified as fundamental motives for performance. A response to challenge is identified as a trait in the nature of many people. Desire for reward is considered the most obvious and frequently cited motivation. Love and dedication to a particular field of human endeavor often evolves as a significant motive. Service to an ideal or greater cause may also become important for some.

Keywords:   challenge, reward, dedication, service

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