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The Natural Musician: On abilities, giftedness, and talent

Dina Kirnarskaya


One of the great mysteries of music is how it affects us in many ways. Whether talking about our individual tastes as listeners, or individual differences as performers, what are the psychological qualities that can turn some people into great musicians, but not others? Is it down to genes, sheer hard work, or some other quality in the individual? This book is the story of how we become composers, performers, or just discriminating listeners. It searches for those psychological traits essential for turning one into a musician. The book believes in the existence of talent, but argues that it is ... More

Keywords: listeners, performers, musicians, composers, talent, perfect pitch, musical prodigies, rhythm, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, sounds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560134
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560134.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dina Kirnarskaya, author
Russian Gnesins' Academy of Music, Professor of Psychology and Musicology, Moscow, Russia