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Musical ImaginationsMultidisciplinary perspectives on creativity, performance and perception$
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David Hargreaves, Dorothy Miell, and Raymond MacDonald

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199568086

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568086.001.0001

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Imagining creativity: An ethnomusicological perspective on how belief systems encourage or inhibit creative activities in music

Imagining creativity: An ethnomusicological perspective on how belief systems encourage or inhibit creative activities in music

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Musical Imaginations
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Juniper Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568086.003.0006

This chapter focuses on one of the most fundamental sociocultural determinants of creative activities: ideology. Drawing from ethnomusicological ethnographic research, it examines differing cultural belief systems, values, and attitudes that may restrict, inhibit, encourage, or liberate musical creativity. It presents six case studies that demonstrate widely varying beliefs and conventions concerning musical creativity. They are: Venda traditional music from South Africa; pre-1970s Suya ceremonial music from Mato Grosso, Brazil; Western Classical and Romantic art music as studied and performed in Western Europe and North America in the late 20th century; American post-revival folk music; Finnish contemporary folk music; and festival music of the Aymara-speaking indigenous people from Conima, Peru.

Keywords:   ideology, musical creativity, music cultures, Venda traditional music, Suya ceremonial music, classical music, folk music, festival music

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