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Roma Music and Emotion

Filippo Bonini Baraldi


By combining long-term field research with hypotheses from the cognitive sciences, this book proposes a groundbreaking anthropological theory on the emotional power of music. It hig hlights a human tendency to engage in empathic relations through and with the musical artifacts, veritable “sonic agents” for which we can feel pity, compassion, or sympathy. The theory originates from a detailed ethnography of the musical life of a small Roma community of Transylvania (Romania), where Filippo Bonini Baraldi lived several years, seeking an answer to intriguing questions such as: Why do the Roma cry ... More

Keywords: ethnomusicology, anthropology of emotions, embodied music cognition, empathy, agency, compassion, ritual wailing, Romanian rural music, Hungarian rural music, Transylvania

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190096786
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190096786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Filippo Bonini Baraldi, author
Researcher, Institute of Ethnomusicology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa