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Author Gabrielsson, Alf.
Uniform Title Starka musikupplevelser. English
Title Strong experiences with music : music is much more than just music / Alf Gabrielsson ; translated by Rod Bradbury.
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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 Music & Media - Stacks  ML3830.G23 S7313 2011    IN LIBRARY
Edition English ed.
Description xvii, 492 p. ; 26 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction -- 1.1.General background -- 1.2.Strong experiences with music (SEM) -- 1.3.Some previous studies -- 1.4.Perception and reaction -- 1.5.Structure of the book -- 2.How the investigation was carried out -- 2.1.Tasks and participants -- 2.2.Analysis of the accounts -- 2.3.Questionnaire -- 3.General points about the accounts -- 4.Experiences during childhood -- 4.1.Security/safety and closeness -- 4.2.Absorbed, moved, in wonderment, struck, overwhelmed -- 4.3.Music for the first time -- 4.4.Listening over and over again -- 4.5.Strong experiences with music on special days -- 4.6.Singing or playing music oneself -- 4.7.Other special childhood experiences -- 4.8.Commentary -- 5.Experiences during one's teenage years -- 5.1.Meeting one's idols -- 5.2.Encountering new, unknown music -- 5.3.Music as consolation, support, and therapy during one's teens -- 5.4.Performing music during one's teens -- 5.5.Commentary -- 6.When music takes over -- 6.1.In everyday situations -- 6.2.Certain music takes over -- 7.Merging with the music -- 7.1.Special receptivity -- 7.2.Being drawn into the music -- 7.3.Alone with the music -- 7.4.Identifying with the music -- 7.5.Being led/governed by the music -- 8.Feeling light, floating, leaving one's body -- 8.1.Feeling light, weightless, taking off, being lifted, floating -- 8.2.Leaving one's body, out-of-body experiences -- 8.3.Commentary -- 9.Inner music -- 9.1.Music that just comes into one's head -- 9.2.Composing music -- 9.3.Inner music afterwards -- 10.Inner images -- 10.1.Images with a background in earlier experiences -- 10.2.Images in connection with programme music -- 10.3.Images of a religious character -- 10.4.Commentary -- 11.Feelings/Emotion -- 11.1.Strong, intense feelings -- 11.2.Positive feelings -- 11.3.Negative feelings -- 11.3.1.Negative experiences due to other circumstances -- 11.3.2.Negative experiences ascribed to the music itself -- 11.4.Mixed, contradictory, changed feelings -- 11.5.Using music to influence feelings -- 12.Music and existence -- 12.1.The content and meaning of life -- 12.2.Presence in life, ultimate moments -- 12.3.Changed view of oneself and one's life -- 13.Music and transcendence -- 13.1.Magical, supernatural, mysterious, spiritual experiences -- 13.2.Ecstasy, trance -- 13.3.Cosmic experiences, merging into something greater, dissolution of one's ego -- 13.4.Experiences of other worlds, other realities -- 14.Music and religious experiences -- 14.1.Visions of heaven, paradise, eternity -- 14.2.Spiritual peace, holy atmosphere, Christian community -- 14.3.Music conveys a religious message and contact with divinity -- 14.4.Meeting the divine, God -- 15.New insights, new possibilities -- 15.1.Making contact with one's innermost self: new perspectives -- 15.2.Music opens up new possibilities in negative states -- 16.Confirmation through music -- 16.1.Music reflects me, my feelings, and thoughts -- 16.2.Feeling selected, personally addressed -- 16.3.Self-confidence is strengthened -- 17.Music as therapy -- 17.1.Relief of physical pain -- 17.2.Music in stress, uneasiness, anxiety, and depression -- 17.3.Summarizing comments -- 18.When performing music oneself -- 18.1.Feelings and thoughts while performing music -- 18.2.Getting to play with advanced musicians -- 18.3.Improvisation -- 18.4.Nervousness or performance anxiety, and the feelings when it passes -- 18.5.When feelings take over -- 18.6.When everything fits and works: magical moments -- 18.7.Commentary -- 19.Singing in a choir -- 19.1.Choir singing during childhood and adolescence -- 19.2.Singing in large choirs -- 19.3.Choir singing in church/religious contexts -- 19.4.Choir singing in other, unusual surroundings -- 19.5.Commentary -- 20.Music in love: happy and unhappy -- 21.Music in connection with illness and death -- 22.Music at funerals -- 23.Music in nature -- 24.Music from and in other cultures -- 25.Music at concerts: classical music -- 25.1.Experiences of the compositions -- 25.2.Experiences of particular artistes -- 26.Music at concerts: jazz -- 27.Music at concerts: pop and rock -- 28.Metaphors and similes -- 28.1.Descriptions of the music or the performance -- 28.2.Descriptions of both the music and the experience -- 28.3.Listeners' descriptions of the experience -- 28.4.Performers' and composers' descriptions of the experience -- 28.5.Summary -- 28.5.1.The music -- 28.5.2.The experience -- 29.Survey of all reactions -- 29.1.General characteristics -- 29.2.Physical reactions and behaviours -- 29.2.1.Physiological reactions -- 29.2.2.Behaviours, actions, activity -- 29.2.3.Quasi-physical reactions -- 29.3.Perception -- 29.3.1.Auditory perception -- 29.3.2.Tactile perception -- 29.3.3.Visual perception -- 29.3.4.Multimodal perception -- 29.3.5.Other senses -- 29.3.6.Synaesthetic perception -- 29.3.7.Intensified perception -- 29.3.8.Musical perception-cognition -- 29.4.Cognition -- 29.4.1.Expectations, receptivity, absorption -- 29.4.2.Altered experience of situation, body-mind, time-space, parts-wholeness -- 29.4.3.Lose control, be surprised, moved, struck, overwhelmed -- 29.4.4.Special relation to the music -- 29.4.5.Associations, memories, thoughts -- 29.4.6.Inner images, inner music -- 29.4.7.Musical cognition-emotion -- 29.5.Feelings, emotion -- 29.5.1.Strong, intense feelings -- 29.5.2.Positive feelings -- 29.5.3.Negative feelings -- 29.5.4.Mixed, contradictory, changed feelings -- 29.6.Existential and transcendental aspects -- 29.6.1.Existential aspects -- 29.6.2.Transcendental aspects -- 29.6.3.Religious experiences -- 29.7.Personal and social aspects -- 29.7.1.New insights, new possibilities -- 29.7.2.New insights, new possibilities, and new needs concerning music -- 29.7.3.Confirmation, self-actualization -- 29.7.4.Community -- 29.8.Answers to other questions -- 29.8.1.Gender and age -- 29.8.2.Listeners and performers -- 29.8.3.Where, when, and in what social situation did SEM occur? -- 29.8.4.Live or reproduced music? -- 29.8.5.The first time? -- 29.8.6.The same strong experience next time? -- 29.8.7.How often does SEM occur? -- 29.8.8.Results of the questionnaire -- 30.Music in SEM -- 30.1.Division into categories -- 30.2.Distribution across different categories -- 30.3.Examples of music in SEM -- 30.3.1.Art music, classical music -- 30.3.2.Artistes and ensembles within art music -- 30.3.3.Religious music -- 30.3.4.Folk music -- 30.3.5.Jazz -- 30.3.6.Rock, pop, other popular music -- 30.3.7.Songs, tunes -- 30.3.8.Entertainment music, dance music -- 30.3.9.Instruments, voices -- 30.4.Connection between categories and reactions? -- 31.What in the music elicited the reactions? -- 31.1.Emotional expression -- 31.2.Special elements in the music -- 31.3.Certain parts or portions of the music -- 31.4.The importance of text (lyrics, libretto) -- 31.5.Commentary -- 32.Causes, consequences, and importance -- 32.1.Causes -- 32.1.1.Music -- 32.1.2.Person -- 32.1.3.Situation -- 32.1.4.Interplay: music-person-situation -- 32.2.Consequences -- 32.2.1.Directly afterwards -- 32.2.2.Long-term perspective -- 32.3.What music can mean: quotations -- 33.Overview, comparisons, questions, outlooks -- 33.1.Brief overview/summary -- 33.2.Comparisons with earlier studies -- 33.3.Similarities with other strong experiences -- 33.4.Can one trust memory and language? -- 33.5.Some outlooks and relations to other topics -- 33.6.Personal final comments.
Language Translated from the Swedish.
Subject Music -- Psychological aspects.
Musical perception.
Music appreciation.
Related Names Bradbury, Rod.
ISBN 9780199695225
OCLC number 732848010