Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Kirnarskaya, Dina. Teeter, Mark H, translator.
One of the great mysteries of music is how it affects us in multitude of ways. Whether talking about our individual tastes as listeners, or individual differences as performers, what are the psychological qualities that can turn some people into great musicians, but not others? Is it down to genes, sheer hard work, or some other quality in the individual? 'The Natural Musician' is the story of how we become composers, performers, or just discriminating listeners. It searches for those psychological traits essential for turning one into a musician. Unlike many others, Kirnarskaya does believe in the existence of talent, but argues that it is due to multiplicative factors, which she describes, analyses, and shows how to test. She also sheds light on the essence and origins of perfect pitch, examines the triumphs and tortures of musical prodigies, and considers the implications of her theories for the teaching of music.
Foreword by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
Hardback with jacket.
Condition. Very good. Text pages unmarked. Jacket unclipped.