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Music-Making Time?

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This chapter traces the limits and constraints that are vital to the formation and development of our senses of hearing and time and, in so doing, finds that each level of limits and constraints gives rise in turn to a qualitatively new level of temporal experience. It explores a high point of musical creativity with sound and time: the organizing constraints employed by Igor Stravinsky in Requiem Canticles, his final masterpiece of movement and meaning in temporal qualities. The chapter also shows how the emergence of qualitatively new levels of limits and constraints bring about a development from the general, the cellular, microsecond time-world in which every human being is formed before birth, to the very particular example of musical genius and the very specialized musical creativity in many qualities of time and even timelessness, which becomes possible through the continued constructive power of limits and constraints.

Keywords: Igor Stravinsky; musical creativity; musical materials; requiem canticles; sound; time



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