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Music in nature

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/9780199695225.003.0031
Music in nature

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This chapter presents accounts of strong experiences with music out in nature. The natural environment — its beauty, special qualities, stillness, or wildness, associations that it gives rise to — is the frame around the experience of music but at the same time is an important part of the experience in its totality. Music and nature interact, and the result is a stronger experience than would have been the case if only the one — music or nature — had occurred. The music discussed here comes from a solo instrument, from some instruments together or from a whole ensemble. In some cases it is performed live, in other cases it is reproduced (from cassettes, records). Nature varies: in the country, in town, beside water, or out at sea. The flute is an instrument that is often associated with nature. As long ago as in the mythology of antiquity, the (Pan) flute was the attribute of the god of the forest, Pan. In the first account, the flute actually occurs in a natural scenery with memories from antiquity.

Keywords: strong experiences with music; nature; natural environment; flute; personal accounts; pan

Chapter.  6233 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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