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The Emotional Power of MusicMultidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control$
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Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, and Klaus R. Scherer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.001.0001

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The singer’s paradox

The singer’s paradox

on authenticity in emotional expression on the opera stage

(p.55) Chapter 5The singer’s paradox
The Emotional Power of Music

Klaus R. Scherer

Thomas Moser

Gillian Keith

Lucy Schaufer

Bruno Taddia

Christoph Prégardien

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This chapter provides in-depth interviews with several internationally known opera singers—Thomas Moser (tenor), Gillian Keith (soprano), Lucy Schaufer (mezzo-soprano), Bruno Taddia (baritone), and Christoph Prégardien (tenor). The discussion is focused around the issue of how much the performer must feel the emotion expressed by the music in order to communicate that emotion to the audience. In analysing of the different singer’s responses however, it is argued that this dichotomy is too simple, and that in fact there are number of different dimensions of performer engagement including the sense of spontaneity, credibility, control and authenticity. The analysis here is informed by the Component Process Model of emotions, in particular the notion that a number of different components are synchronized in the arousal of an emotion. Performers can make use of these different components in quite practical ways to enhance their expressive success.

Keywords:   Music, vocal performance, expression, emotion, affect, component process model, authenticity, spontaneity

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