The Journey of a Song:

Performance, Composition and Improvisation


Performance by Pam Szalay from the CD "Rhythms of Life" (2001)

The two tracks below provide a musical frame of reference for Pam's article, "Cognition vs. Creativity: A Musical Example". Track 4 consists of a performance by Pam Szalay of Bach's Prelude in C major for the piano. Although Bach's piece is rendered faithfully at first,  it then becomes a motif for further elaboration. However, the original themes are always easily heard amid the orhcestrations. A free-form improvisation begins in track 5 based on the first two chords of the Prelude. This portion of the song demonstrates how an artist  can use either deliberate tools to transform a musical motif, or release herself to "flow". In either case, a single idea/theme can metamorphasize into many forms.

Trk 04 Daybreak (after Bach's Prelude in C).mp3

Trk 05 Daybreak improvisation.mp3

To read the entire article please click the following link, Pam's Blog on "Cognition vs. Creativity: A Musical Example"

and scroll down to the second article.