Inner World of Music (And Other Sounds)

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The Junkyard: a scholarly blog devoted to the study of the imagination

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Halpern, Andrea
auditory imagery; inner music; music cognition; mental imagery; Cognitive Psychology; Music
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In a famous anecdote, the 14-year old Mozart is said to have accurately transcribed a complex piece (Miserere by Allergri) he had heard only once (and whose score was a secret closely guarded by the Vatican). Presumably at least part of that feat was accomplished by him “hearing” the piece inside his head. But is that skill confined to certified musical prodigy-geniuses? Not at all.--introductory paragraph