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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 at concerts:

Music at concerts:

classical music

(p.305) Chapter 25 Music at concerts:
Strong Experiences with Music

Alf Gabrielsson

Oxford University Press

Many strong experiences with music take place at concerts. This chapter presents accounts of experiences of adults at concerts of classical music. Concerts of classical music usually take place in concert halls, churches, opera houses, and theatres, sometimes in other settings too. The accounts in this chapter most often concern experiences of well-known works within Western art music, but the situations vary a great deal. It might be a matter of a first-time encounter with music that was completely unknown to the narrator, or music that one has heard about and that has aroused curiosity, or music one has heard earlier without it having made much of an impression. The chapter starts with accounts in which the experience is primarily ascribed to the music itself. These are followed by accounts in which the experience is primarily associated with the artiste who performs the music. Naturally, there is some overlap between these two categories.

Keywords:   strong experiences with music, compositions, artists, classical music, concerts, first-time encounter

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