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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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The Role of Structure in the Musical Expression of Emotions

The Role of Structure in the Musical Expression of Emotions

(p.367) Chapter 14 The Role of Structure in the Musical Expression of Emotions
Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications

Aalf Gabrielsson

Erik Lindström

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews empirical research on how different factors in the composed musical structure influence the perceived emotional expression. Most of this research deals with Western classical music. There are more than 100 studies of the relationship between musical structure and emotional expression, featuring a variety of methods. Section 14.2 reviews the methodological approaches that have been used in these studies. It then summarizes the findings from these studies for each structural factor in Section 14.3. Finally, Section 14.4 provides an overall summary and some implications for future research.

Keywords:   music, emotions, musical structure, emotional expression, classical music

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