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When performing music oneself

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/9780199695225.003.0026
When performing music oneself

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This chapter presents selected accounts of strong experiences with music when making music, that is, playing or singing, alone or together with others. The accounts have been divided into six groups. The first group contains accounts with feelings and thoughts that musicians have had while making music, as well as before and afterwards. The second group is about occasions when one has had the possibility to play together with more advanced musicians. The third group is about experiences in connection with improvisation. The fourth and fifth groups concern problems that can arise in connection with performing (stage fright, stage nerves), and the fact that the performance can be jeopardized if one becomes too emotionally involved. The last group is about those magical moments when absolutely everything is just perfect and it all goes along by itself.

Keywords: strong experiences with music; performing music; improvisation; performance anxiety; feelings; personal accounts

Chapter.  16302 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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