General points about the accounts

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI:
General points about the accounts

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This chapter presents some general points about the accounts provided by participants in the study. The accounts comprise strong experiences with music that took place during a period of almost 100 years: the earliest in 1908, the latest in 2004. Of the more than 1,300 experiences, approximately 13% took place before 1950 and just over 42% before 1980. In general, it can be said that every account has a unique content and a unique character. In a few instances, there are accounts from two different participants of the same or almost the same occasion with the same music, but even in these cases there are differences in how the experience is described. The book contains more than 500 accounts. They have been selected specifically to reflect: experiences of people of different genders and ages; experiences of listeners and music makers; experiences associated with various types of music; experiences in various physical and social situations; and experiences at different times.

Keywords: strong experiences with music; surveys; personal accounts; gender; age; social situations

Chapter.  1011 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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