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Music and Emotion Musicology 139
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Oliver Sacks n Emotional response to music may have a very specific physiological basis of its own, one which is distinct from that of emotional responsiveness in general.
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Leonard Meyer • The Psychological Theory of Emotions • The purpose of emotionally differentiated behavior is communication Emotion is aroused when a tendency to respond is arrested or inhibited (the law of affect, based on prior writings on human emotion pioneered by John Dewey in 1894)
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Expression vs. Arousal of Emotion in Music n Expression: something inherent in the music? n How is emotion composed? n Arousal: emotion resides with the listener n is this emotion felt or is it imaginary?
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Peter Kivy n Musical element arouses feeling: n Likeness with expression of human emotion n Contour, patterns of motion and rest, fulfillment, excitation, sudden change, etc. n convention (maybe beginning as likeness of expression) n Primarily concerned with the emotion of being moved n Focus on music and not on arousal of emotion in audience
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