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Feelings/emotion

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.003.0019
Feelings/emotion

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Music is to a great extent associated with emotions. The accounts leave no doubt that such is the case. It is a question of both ‘simple’, fundamental emotions like happiness, sorrow, anger, and fear, and more ‘complex’ and modulated emotions, such as security, reverence, gratitude, feelings of magnificence, and tension. This chapter attempts to collect and categorize the emotional reactions that are described in the accounts. The analysis has resulted in a division into four groups: strong, intense feelings in general; positive feelings; negative feelings; and mixed, contradictory, changed feelings.

Keywords: emotions; strong feelings; positive feelings; negative feelings; personal accounts

Chapter.  16268 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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