The User

Andreas C. Lehmann, John A. Sloboda and Robert H. Woody

in Psychology for Musicians

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780195146103
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851164 | DOI:
The User

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This, the last chapter, discusses the fourth musical role, that of the user. Two related approaches to music and musical experiences are then discussed. The traditional “work-focused” approach considers a musical composition as independent of performance and context. On the other hand, the “person-based” approach asserts that music cannot be divorced from its social and human context. Another section discusses the idea of cultural needs being the driver of musical development and provides examples throughout history. Several uses and functions of music are then identified and discussed, which can be divided into social, cultural, and individualistic. The succeeding sections contrast classical music settings with other less traditional modes through the distinct roles of the performer and the traditional listener, the “ideal” setting and accessories, and the technical perfection and adherence to the composer's intent. The last part of the chapter presents the implications of cultural change and movement for the classical performer.

Keywords: user; music; musical experience; work-focused approach; person-based approach; classical

Chapter.  8049 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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