Towards a taxonomy of musical inspiration

McGregor, Richard (2012) Towards a taxonomy of musical inspiration. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of Education > Secondary PGCE
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 May 2010 11:55
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 11:55
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/144

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