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The Emotional Power of Music
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The Emotional Power of Music: Multidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control

Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, and Klaus R. Scherer


In this multidisciplinary volume, the capacity of music to express and arouse emotions is explored by musicians and composers, philosophers, musicologists, historians, sociologists, psychologists and neuroscientists. Contributors present new insights and approaches into issues such as; How can an abstract sequence of sounds be so intensely expressive of 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 have societies so ... More

Keywords: Music, emotion, affect, powers, expression, performance, musicology, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199654888
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Cochrane, editor
Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield, UK

Bernardino Fantini, editor
Full Professor of History of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Klaus R. Scherer, editor
Director, Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, Switzerland

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