The Emotional Power of Music

Hardcover | August 11, 2013

EditorTom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, Klaus R. Scherer

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How can an abstract sequence of sounds so intensely express emotional states? How does music elicit or arouse our emotions? What happens at the physiological and neural level when we listen to music? How do composers and performers practically manage the expressive powers of music? How havesocieties sought to harness the powers of music for social or therapeutic purposes? In the past ten years, research into the topic of music and emotion has flourished. In addition, the relationship between the two has become of interest to a broad range of disciplines in both the sciences and humanities. The Emotional Power of Music is a multidisciplinary volume exploring therelationship between music and emotion.Bringing together contributions from psychologists, neuroscientists, musicologists, musicians, and philosophers.The volume presents both theoretical perspectives and in-depth explorations of particular musical works, as well as first-hand reports from music performers and composers. The first section in the book explores how music can stimulate the emotions, considering the psychological and neurological mechanisms that underlie music listening. In the second section, the authors consider the expression of emotion within music, through both performance and composing. The thirdsection explores how different societies have sought to manage and manipulate the power of music. The book is valuable for those in the fields of music psychology and music education, as well as philosophy and musicology

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How can an abstract sequence of sounds so intensely express emotional states? How does music elicit or arouse our emotions? What happens at the physiological and neural level when we listen to music? How do composers and performers practically manage the expressive powers of music? How havesocieties sought to harness the powers of musi...

Tom Cochrane is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Sheffield, where he teaches aesthetics, ethics and the philosophy of mind. He received his PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2007. From 2007 to 2010 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, researching emotions and the arts. He then...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:August 11, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199654888

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List of ContributorsIntroduction to the volumeSection I: Musical Expressiveness1. Tom Cochrane: Section Introduction2. Michael Spitzer: Sad Flowers: Analysing affective trajectory in Schubert's Trockne Blumen3. Tom Cochrane: Composing the expressive qualities of music: Interviews with Jean-Claude Risset, Carter Burwell and Brian Ferneyhough4. Daniel Leech-Wilkinson: The emotional power of musical performance5. Klaus R. Scherer: The singer's paradox: On authenticity in emotional expression on the opera stage Interviews with Thomas Moser, Lucy Schaufer, Gillian Keith, Bruno Taddia and Christoph Pregardien6. Tom Cochrane: On the resistance of the instrument7. Christine Jeanneret: Gender Ambivalence and the Expression of Passions in the Performances of Early Roman Cantatas by Castrati and Female Singers8. Claude Palisca: The ethos of modes during the RenaissanceSection II: Emotion Elicitation9. Klaus R. Scherer: Section Introduction10. Klaus R. Scherer and Eduardo Coutinho: How music creates emotion: A multifactorial process approach11. Luca Zoppelli: Mors stupebit: multiple levels of fear-arousing mechanisms in Verdi's Messa da Requiem12. Jenefer Robinson: Three theories of emotion - three routes for musical arousal13. Stephen Davies: Music-to-listener emotional contagion14. Joel Krueger: Empathy, enaction and shared musical experience: Evidence from infant cognition15. John Colling and William Forde Thompson: Music, action, and affect16. Wiebke Trost and Patrik Vuilleumier: Rhythmic entrainment as a mechanism for e motion induction and contagion by music: A neurophysiological perspective17. Stefan Koelsch: Striking a chord in the brain: Neurophysiological correlates of music-evoked positive emotionsSection III: The Powers of Music18. Bernardino Fantini: Section Introduction19. Bernardino Fantini: Forms of thought between music and science20. Laurence Wuidar: Control and the science of affect: Music and power in the Renaissance and Medieval periods21. Brenno Boccadoro: The psychotropic power of music during the Renaissance22. Penelope Gouk: Music as a means of social control: some examples of practice and theory in early modern Europe23. Jackie Pigeaud: The tradition of ancient music therapy in the 18th century24. Jean Starobinski: On nostalgia25. Ulrik Volgsten: Emotions, identity and copyright control: The constitutive role of affect attunement and its implications for the ontology of musicCoda

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"Highly accessible and wide-ranging, this book is an important resource for scientists, students and professionals who are eager to obtain a rapid, conclusive overview of central terms and topics in the field of emotion and affect and the mechanisms underlying these aspects dominating wideareas of our lives" --K.A. Jellinger, Vienna, European Journal of Neurology 17