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Strong Experiences with MusicMusic is much more than just music$
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Alf Gabrielsson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.001.0001

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Merging with the music

Merging with the music

(p.77) Chapter 7 Merging with the music
Strong Experiences with Music

Alf Gabrielsson

Oxford University Press

When music takes over, the surrounding world disappears. Time stands still, all that counts is the music and oneself, here and now. This chapter presents accounts that illuminate the concordance between the person and the music in strong experiences with music. The boundary between this and the previous chapter is thus fluid; they can be seen as varieties of the same theme of total absorption. While one often has a certain distance from music — it is something outside oneself — when it comes to strong experiences, there is often a form of ‘bonding’ with the music. It is described in various terms: one lives the music, is embraced by the music, is embedded in the music, possessed by the music, one identifies oneself with the music, the music and oneself are on the same wavelength. Sometimes, it is described as a special understanding of the music, the music feels self-evident, it is already there and one knows how it is going to continue.

Keywords:   strong experiences with music, personal accounts, total absorption, bonding

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