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Music and Sentiment by Charles Rosen

Title Music and Sentiment
Author Charles Rosen
Publisher Yale University Press
Release 2010-06-29
Category Music
Total Pages 160
ISBN 0300168373
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How does a work of music stir the senses, creating feelings of joy, sadness, elation, or nostalgia? Though sentiment and emotion play a vital role in the composition, performance, and appreciation of music, rarely have these elements been fully observed. In this succinct and penetrating book, Charles Rosen draws upon more than a half century as a performer and critic to reveal how composers from Bach to Berg have used sound to represent and communicate emotion in mystifyingly beautiful ways.Through a range of musical examples, Rosen details the array of stylistic devices and techniques used to represent or convey sentiment. This is not, however, a listener’s guide to any “correct” response to a particular piece. Instead, Rosen provides the tools and terms with which to appreciate this central aspect of musical aesthetics, and indeed explores the phenomenon of contradictory sentiments embodied in a single motif or melody. Taking examples from Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, and Liszt, he traces the use of radically changing intensities in the Romantic works of the nineteenth century and devotes an entire chapter to the key of C minor. He identifies a “unity of sentiment” in Baroque music and goes on to contrast it with the “obsessive sentiments” of later composers including Puccini, Strauss, and Stravinsky. A profound and moving work, Music and Sentiment is an invitation to a greater appreciation of the crafts of composition and performance.

Melodies of Mourning by Fiona Magowan

Title Melodies of Mourning
Author Fiona Magowan
Publisher James Currey Publishers
Release 2007
Category Music
Total Pages 222
ISBN 0852559925
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents an ethnographical account of the way that song, dance and musical sensitivity weave into the lives of an aboriginal community of Australia.

The Persistence of Sentiment by Mitchell Morris

Title The Persistence of Sentiment
Author Mitchell Morris
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release 2013-04-29
Category Music
Total Pages 264
ISBN 0520955056
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How can we account for the persistent appeal of glossy commercial pop music? Why do certain performers have such emotional power, even though their music is considered vulgar or second rate? In The Persistence of Sentiment, Mitchell Morris gives a critical account of a group of American popular music performers who have dedicated fan bases and considerable commercial success despite the critical disdain they have endured. Morris examines the specific musical features of some exemplary pop songs and draws attention to the social contexts that contributed to their popularity as well as their dismissal. These artists were all members of more or less disadvantaged social categories: members of racial or sexual minorities, victims of class and gender prejudices, advocates of populations excluded from the mainstream. The complicated commercial world of pop music in the 1970s allowed the greater promulgation of musical styles and idioms that spoke to and for exactly those stigmatized audiences. In more recent years, beginning with the "Seventies Revival" of the early 1990s, additional perspectives and layers of interpretation have allowed not only a deeper understanding of these songs' function than when they were first popular, but also an appreciation of how their significance has shifted for American listeners in the succeeding three decades.

Title A History of Emotion in Western Music
Author Michael Spitzer
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2020-09-15
Category Music
Total Pages 416
ISBN 0190061774
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When asked to describe what music means to them, most people talk about its power to express or elicit emotions. As a melody can produce a tear, tingle the spine, or energize athletes, music has a deep impact on how we experience and encounter the world. Because of the elusiveness of these musical emotions, however, little has been written about how music creates emotions and how musical emotion has changed its meaning for listeners across the last millennium. In this sweeping landmark study, author Michael Spitzer provides the first history of musical emotion in the Western world, from Gregorian chant to Beyoncé. Combining intellectual history, music studies, philosophy, and cognitive psychology, A History of Emotion in Western Music introduces current approaches to the study of emotion and formulates an original theory of how musical emotion works. Diverging from psychological approaches that center listeners' self-reports or artificial experiments, Spitzer argues that musical emotions can be uncovered in the techniques and materials of composers and performers. Together with its extensive chronicle of the historical evolution of musical style and emotion, this book offers a rich union of theory and history.

Title Performing Gender Place and Emotion in Music
Author Fiona Magowan
Publisher Boydell & Brewer
Release 2013
Category Music
Total Pages 208
ISBN 1580464645
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presenting a range of ethnographic case studies from around the globe, this edited collection offers new ways of thinking about the interconnectivity of gender, place, and emotion in musical performance.

Sound Sentiment by Peter Kivy

Title Sound Sentiment
Author Peter Kivy
Publisher Temple University Press
Release 1989
Category Music
Total Pages 286
ISBN 9780877226772
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Kivy continues his discussion from The Corded Shell of how music possesses expressive properties

Critique of Pure Music by James O. Young

Title Critique of Pure Music
Author James O. Young
Publisher OUP Oxford
Release 2014-01-09
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 208
ISBN 0191505188
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Why do we value music? Many people report that listening to music is one of life's most rewarding activities. In Critique of Pure Music, James O. Young seeks to explain why this is so. Formalists tell us that music is appreciated as pure, contentless form. On this view, listeners receive pleasure, or a pleasurable 'musical' emotion, when they explore the abstract patterns found in music. Music, formalists believe, does not arouse ordinary emotions such as joy, melancholy or fear, nor can it represent emotion or provide psychological insight. Young holds that formalists are wrong on all counts. Drawing upon the latest psychological research, he argues that music is expressive of emotion by resembling human expressive behaviour. By resembling human expressive behaviour, music is able to arouse ordinary emotions in listeners. This, in turn, makes possible the representation of emotion by music. The representation of emotion in music gives music the capacity to provide psychological insight-into the emotional lives of composers, and the emotional lives of individuals from a variety of times and places. And it is this capacity of music to provide psychological insight which explains a good deal of the value of music, both vocal and purely instrumental. Without it, music could not be experienced as profound. Philosophers, psychologists, musicians, musicologists, and music lovers will all find something of interest in this book.

Music and Morals by Hugh Reginald Haweis

Title Music and Morals
Author Hugh Reginald Haweis
Publisher
Release 1872
Category Emotions
Total Pages 478
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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