Musical Heuristics: The Role of Fictions in the Process of Musical Creation and its Pedagogy

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Mandolini Ricardo

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Published: 4 May 2020 | Article Type :


This article is a contribution to the understanding of fictions and the determining role they play both in musical creation and in its pedagogy. A previous philosophical investigation is indispensable to enter into the subject: starting from Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, we are confronted with what he calls heuristic fictions, undemonstrable as phenomena but at the same time indispensable to indicate the path that every project must follow. A classification of fictions is proposed below, thus distinguishing those that belong to the domain of philosophy and science from those that apply to art. Two psychological theories frame the production and development of artistic fictions: Winnicott's theory of the transitional object and Ehrenzweig's theory of the hidden order of arts. The work continues with a presentation of musical heuristics, its methods and applications. Pedagogy is undoubtedly the field where the theoretical background developed in this article can be directly applied. A pedagogical work plan is presented, to facilitate the task of teachers, music teachers and creative pedagogues.

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Mandolini Ricardo. (2020-05-04). "Musical Heuristics: The Role of Fictions in the Process of Musical Creation and its Pedagogy." *Volume 3*, 2, 17-41