What in the music elicited the reactions?

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695225
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729775 | DOI:
What in the music elicited the reactions?

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When the participants talk about their experiences, they often also describe the expression in the music and which musical elements made a special impression. One can distinguish four types of such characterizations. The most common way is to describe the emotional expression in the music generally. It is also fairly common that one points out certain qualities in the music or the performance that were particularly important, for example the timbre, the rhythm, the melody, the harmony, the instrumentation, the voice, and so on. Some narrators have chosen to specify certain sections or places in the music that were particularly important: certain phrases, certain themes, certain bars, sometimes even particular notes. Finally, it is evident in many accounts that the words (lyrics/libretto) have been of great importance for the experience.

Keywords: experiences; emotional expression; music; lyrics; performance

Chapter.  6433 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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