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The Emotional Power of MusicMultidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control$
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Tom Cochrane, Bernardino Fantini, and Klaus R. Scherer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199654888

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.001.0001

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Composing the expressive qualities of music

Composing the expressive qualities of music

Interviews with Jean-Claude Risset, Brian Ferneyhough, and Carter Burwell

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The Emotional Power of Music
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Tom Cochrane

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654888.003.0003

In this chapter Tom Cochrane interviews three eminent composers working in three quite different spheres of musical production; Jean-Claude Risset (a pioneering electro-acoustic composer), Brian Ferneyhough, (one of the leading contemporary composers working within the classical tradition) and Carter Burwell (a highly distinguished film composer famous for his work on the Coen Brothers’ films, amongst many others). In these interviews each composer reflects on his motivations in producing music and the extent to which he conceptualises the expressive qualities of music, its uses, and abuses. Providing examples from their own works, these composers provide a fascinating insight into the ways in which the different mediums they work within have an influence over the characteristics of their works.

Keywords:   Music, emotion, expression, composition, film music, electro-acoustic

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