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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research,
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Patrik N. Juslin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.001.0001

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Emotion and Motivation in the Lives of Performers

Emotion and Motivation in the Lives of Performers

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(p.401) Chapter 15 Emotion and Motivation in the Lives of Performers
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Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications
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Robert H. Woody

Gary E. McPherson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230143.003.0015

This chapter examines emotion in the lives of performers – those musicians who are charged with the responsibility of communicating composed or improvised music to listeners. It begins with sections dealing with the role of emotions in everyday life and the intrinsic and emotional rewards offered by music. It then turns to a number of specific aspects of emotion and music performance: the role of practice and gaining expertise, the generation of expressive performance, and the off-stage emotional issues of performers. It argues that emotions play an important part in the lives of performers, and that any explanation of the art of music performance must involve more than a description of mere technical accomplishment. A more complete account of the art of performance would include an explanation of the emotional climate in which the musician works and performs. The elements of this explanation and the research into these mechanisms form the basis of the chapter.

Keywords:   music, emotions, musical performance, musicians

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