Music in connection with illness and death

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI:
Music in connection with illness and death

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Few events in life are associated with such difficult and strong memories as when one is affected by some serious illness, or when this has happened to a close friend or relation. The situation is even heavier to bear if this has led to the death of the friend, relation, parent, or spouse. This chapter presents selected accounts that illustrate how much music can mean by confirming feelings, distracting from negative thoughts, consoling, creating meaning, and giving strength to go on. It would feel out of place to make any more comments on these deeply personal accounts. There are therefore only a few short sentences as bridging passages between the different accounts. To start with, the chapter gives some accounts about what music has meant during stays in hospital.

Keywords: strong experiences with music; illness; death; hospital stay; feelings; family

Chapter.  3499 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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