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The Musical Temperament

Psychology and Personality of Musicians
Kemp, Anthony (Book - 1996)
The Musical Temperament
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In their attempts to understand the nature of musicianship, music psychologists have generally focused their attention on cognitive processes and abilities. Although a kind of folklore has long existed in musical circles relating to personality differences between players of differentinstruments, this is the first book to examine the impact of personality and temperament on musicianship. After an introductory chapter which summarizes the relevant personality theories, the book deals with each fact of the musicians' personality in turn: introversion, independence, sensitivity,anxiety, and gender issues. Different forms of musicianship (such as orchestral playing, singing and conducting) are considered next, to clarify the ways in which specific skills impact upon personality development or predispose a person towards different instruments and styles ofperformance.
Authors: Kemp, Anthony
Title: The musical temperament
psychology and personality of musicians
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
Characteristics: xi, 283 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anthony E. Kemp
ISBN: 0198523629
Branch Call Number: 781.11 K32m 1996
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [256]-269) and index
Subject Headings: Personality and occupation Choice (Psychology) Musicians Psychology
Topical Term: Personality and occupation
Choice (Psychology)
LCCN: 95039981
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