Towards a taxonomy of musical inspiration

McGregor, Richard (2012) Towards a taxonomy of musical inspiration. ?????????? ???????????: ???????????, ?????? ? ???????? (Personality Spirituality: Methodology, Theory and Practice), 1 . pp. 85-119.

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This article summarises the rather sparse literature on inspiration as an part of the composition process and suggests that part of the problem is that there is a lack of a specific vocabulary and a suitable taxonomy for exploring aspects of the nature and working of inspiration in music. In order to help develop a means of achieving a meaningful discourse in this somewhat neglected area of the musical creative process the article proposes a taxonomy and vocabulary building upon the three stages of musical composition found in the work of Theodor Adorno: Einfall,; Die Arbeit ; Werden. Einfall is expanded into a classification Einfall � �Validation�, and through examination of the opening motif of Rihm�s 4th string quartet in various sketch forms a network of subcategories is established � Validation through Content, through Context, and through Detail. Similarly Die Arbeit is expanded into Die Arbeit � �Conceptualisation� with sub categories of �Essence� and �Purposefulness�. Finally Werden is expanded into Werden -�Mindfulness� and the article closes by exploring the idea that these three elements appear to be cyclic through the composition process.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: ?????????? ???????????: ???????????, ?????? ? ???????? (Personality Spirituality: Methodology, Theory and Practice)
Publisher: ??????????? ?????????? ??????? (National Library of Ukraine)
Departments: Secondary PGCE
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 11:55
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2019 19:07


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