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Strong Experiences with MusicMusic is much more than just music$
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Alf Gabrielsson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199695225

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.001.0001

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Confirmation through music

Confirmation through music

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(p.199) Chapter 16 Confirmation through music
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Strong Experiences with Music
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Alf Gabrielsson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.003.0024

This chapter presents selected accounts on the role of music in confirming self-image and identity. Music can be seen as a representative for another person, a fellow being and conversation partner who understands one's situation, and one's thoughts and feelings. Music reflects the self, one recognizes oneself in the music and can identify with it. The self can feel as if music speaks directly to one being, as though one is chosen to receive what the music has to say. One can experience this both in solitude and when one is together with other people.

Keywords:   experience, self, feeling, thoughts, self-confidence, self-image, personal accounts

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