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Foundations of Musical Grammar$
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Lawrence M. Zbikowski

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190653637

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190653637.001.0001

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Music and Emotion

Music and Emotion

(p.56) Chapter Three Music and Emotion
Foundations of Musical Grammar

Lawrence M. Zbikowski

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between music and emotion, beginning with a review of research on emotion, followed by a review of research on music and emotion. It is proposed that the connection between music and the emotions reflects music’s capacity to provide sonic analogs for some of the most salient aspects of emotion processes. This proposal is illustrated through analyses of two movements from J. S. Bach’s cantata “Ich habe genug,” which make explicit two important features of musical grammar: syntactic processes and syntactic layers. The chapter concludes with observations about the ways music is used to shape emotional responses within liturgical settings of the kind that motivated and framed Bach’s cantata.

Keywords:   analogy, Bach, cognition, dynamic processes, emotion, musical grammar, sonic analogs, syntax

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