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The Natural MusicianOn abilities, giftedness, and talent$
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Dina Kirnarskaya

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560134

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560134.001.0001

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The expressive ear for music

The expressive ear for music

(p.46) (p.47) The expressive ear for music
The Natural Musician

Dina Kirnarskaya

Oxford University Press

Music, the quintessence of sound, is ordered in such a way that man perceives it almost as a living being, as a voice addressing him. The property of the human ear specially geared for the perception of the emotional-ideational aspects of music is called the intonational (or expressive) ear for music. The expressive ear is universal: everyone possesses it, at least to some extent. It is capable of seeing spatial images in music, almost pictures. Musical perception is closely connected with spatial imagination. The notion of the heredity of musical talent has been confirmed indirectly. The ‘environment idea’ as the explanation of the child's musicality is dismissed by the rest of musical children with good expressive ear. Isn't it a prompt that musical abilities may really carry a heavy footprint of inborn origin, in some cases clearly hereditary while in other cases not? It is possible that people with a good expressive ear for music may be more motivated; they are inclined to love music. This part also discusses the sense of beat, rhythm, and pitch in music, along with the so-called analytical ear.

Keywords:   music, sound, expressive ear, musical abilities, musicality, musical perception, heredity, musical talent, analytical ear

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