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New insights, new possibilities

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/9780199695225.003.0023
New insights, new possibilities

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The accounts in this chapter provide examples of other positive effects of strong experiences with music. Music can open the door to a completely new world of emotions, something that perhaps applies especially during childhood and youth but, naturally, even later in life. A strong experience with music can also give one insight into thoughts and feelings that one already has, but that one has not been aware of. This is often described as coming into contact with one's innermost self. The experience can further mean that one gets a release of pent-up feelings (catharsis), that one feels liberated, elevated, purified, and healed. During crises, and in other negative states, music can provide relief and consolation, can inspire, give new hope and new strength, and give one the chance to see new possibilities. One can analyse these questions in many different ways. The subject has been divided into two, partly overlapping, points: how music can give new insights about one's own character and life/reality (15.1), and how music can open up new possibilities in negative situations (15.2).

Keywords: strong experiences with music; new perspective; new possibilities; inner self; negative states; character; personal accounts

Chapter.  4851 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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