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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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Music in nature

Music in nature

(p.283) Chapter 23 Music in nature
Strong Experiences with Music

Alf Gabrielsson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents accounts of strong experiences with music out in nature. The natural environment — its beauty, special qualities, stillness, or wildness, associations that it gives rise to — is the frame around the experience of music but at the same time is an important part of the experience in its totality. Music and nature interact, and the result is a stronger experience than would have been the case if only the one — music or nature — had occurred. The music discussed here comes from a solo instrument, from some instruments together or from a whole ensemble. In some cases it is performed live, in other cases it is reproduced (from cassettes, records). Nature varies: in the country, in town, beside water, or out at sea. The flute is an instrument that is often associated with nature. As long ago as in the mythology of antiquity, the (Pan) flute was the attribute of the god of the forest, Pan. In the first account, the flute actually occurs in a natural scenery with memories from antiquity.

Keywords:   strong experiences with music, nature, natural environment, flute, personal accounts, pan

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