Confirmation through music

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI:
Confirmation through music

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This chapter presents selected accounts on the role of music in confirming self-image and identity. Music can be seen as a representative for another person, a fellow being and conversation partner who understands one's situation, and one's thoughts and feelings. Music reflects the self, one recognizes oneself in the music and can identify with it. The self can feel as if music speaks directly to one being, as though one is chosen to receive what the music has to say. One can experience this both in solitude and when one is together with other people.

Keywords: experience; self; feeling; thoughts; self-confidence; self-image; personal accounts

Chapter.  5134 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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