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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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(p.120) Chapter 11 Feelings/emotion
Strong Experiences with Music

Alf Gabrielsson

Oxford University Press

Music is to a great extent associated with emotions. The accounts leave no doubt that such is the case. It is a question of both ‘simple’, fundamental emotions like happiness, sorrow, anger, and fear, and more ‘complex’ and modulated emotions, such as security, reverence, gratitude, feelings of magnificence, and tension. This chapter attempts to collect and categorize the emotional reactions that are described in the accounts. The analysis has resulted in a division into four groups: strong, intense feelings in general; positive feelings; negative feelings; and mixed, contradictory, changed feelings.

Keywords:   emotions, strong feelings, positive feelings, negative feelings, personal accounts

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