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The Emotional Power of Music: Multidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control

Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, and Klaus R. Scherer


In this multidisciplinary volume, the capacity of music to express and arouse emotions is explored by musicians and composers, philosophers, musicologists, historians, sociologists, psychologists and neuroscientists. Contributors present new insights and approaches into issues such as; How can an abstract sequence of sounds be so intensely expressive of emotional states? How does music elicit or arouse our emotions? What happens at the physiological and neural level when we listen to music? How do composers and performers practically manage the expressive powers of music? How have societies so ... More

Keywords: Music, emotion, affect, powers, expression, performance, musicology, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654888
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Cochrane, editor
Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, UK

Bernardino Fantini, editor
Full Professor of History of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Klaus R. Scherer, editor
Director, Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, Switzerland

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Section 1 Musical expressiveness

Chapter 2Sad flowers

Michael Spitzer

Chapter 5The singer’s paradox

Klaus R. Scherer, Thomas Moser, Gillian Keith, Lucy Schaufer, Bruno Taddia, and Christoph Prégardien

Section 2 Emotion elicitation

Chapter 10How music creates emotion

Klaus R. Scherer, and Eduardo Coutinho

Chapter 15Music, action, and affect

Lincoln John Colling, and William Forde Thompson

Section 3 The powers of music

Chapter 18Section introduction

Bernardino Fantini

Chapter 20Control and the science of affect

Laurence Wuidar, and Kristen Gray Jafflin

Chapter 24On nostalgia

Jean Starobinski, and Kristen Gray Jafflin