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A History of Emotion in Western Music: A Thousand Years from Chant to Pop

Michael Spitzer


This book is the first history of musical emotion in any language. Combining intellectual history, music studies, philosophy, and cognitive psychology, it unfolds a history of musical emotion across a thousand years of Western art music, from chant to pop. It affords a new way of analyzing music, revealing the relationship between emotion and musical structure. The book also provides an introduction to the latest approaches to emotion research, as well as an original theory of how musical emotion works. The book is disposed in two parts. Part I (Chapters 1–4) comprises the theoretical foundati ... More

Keywords: emotion, history, analysis, aesthetics, psychology, Juslin, Huron, Reddy, Rosenwein, Plamper

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190061753
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190061753.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Spitzer, author
Professor of Music, University of Liverpool

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Part I The Theory

Part II The Narrative

Before Emotion

The Age of Affective Realism

After Emotion

End Matter