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Singing Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills

115 5 RITUALS OF CREATIVITY Inhabiting the Echoes of the Past Th eir Mystical Experience, My Modern Discomfort One morning, I found myself sitt ing in a high-level improvisation class at Berklee. Th is week, the students had to transcribe any of pia- nist McCoy Tyner’s solos and play it in synchrony with the original recording. Tyner’s style is characterized by the ample use of penta- tonic and tetratonic scales and out-of-scale playing, oft en in neck- breaking tempos. Th ese features render his solos diffi cult to transcribe and play in real time

96 C h a p t e r S e v e n Conclusion: The Particularities of Aging and Creativity It is difficult enough to make convincing models to account for the ev- eryday behavior and activity of people who we might describe, rightly or wrongly, as “normal”— how much more difficult, and perhaps even fruitless, to make generalizations about artists whose individuality is their calling card. —Michael Beckerman, “Leoš Janáček and ‘The Late Style’ in Music” In exploring the lives of these four composers, we were struck by how, as they aged, their creativity functioned

139 6 TRANSCRIBING CREATIVITY AS CREATIVE TRANSCRIBING Legitimizing Theory and Expertise Performing Exegesis in the Classroom Imagine you enter a room full of people. Th e people are sitt ing. Each of them is leaning over the same writt en manuscript. Th e manuscript is also projected on a screen and a person is talking while pointing at the projected manuscript with a pointer. When you ask the people what this manuscript represents, they tell you it represents the words of wise people who lived in the past. Th e people in the room are col- lectively trying

believe he’s just pulling this shit out of thin air?” chapter One The Complicated Story of Improvisation models and methods, creativity and conceptual space 22 · chapter One I nod and smile back; the saxophonist really is very good. But I suspect that what he’s actually doing is much more complicated, and much cooler than that! Finding the Boundaries of Creativity It’s hardly radical to claim that virtually no improvised music is wholly spon- taneous. Unlike the bar brawler improvising weapons from chair legs and pool cues, or the intrepid dinner host improvising a

Aging and Creativity in Verdi, Strauss, Messiaen, and Britten
How Music Illuminates the Human Spirit
The Academic Jazz Program and the Paradox of Institutionalized Creativity
The Infinite Art of Improvisation
Classical Music in the Neoliberal Era