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The 8 Components of Musical Emotion

The 8 Components of Musical Emotion

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The 8 Components of Musical Emotion

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Music creates an emotional atmosphere

Factors associated with emotion in music:

  • Musical pleasure: The positive feelings are beneficial to health and creative thinking.
  • Musical surprise: E.g. unexpected harmonies, or entry of a solo voice.
  • Appraisal: Evaluating music give rise to emotions such as pleasure or displeasure.
  • Action tendency: Music encourages the desire to coordinate with the music (dancing, foot-tapping).
  • Being in sync with the rhythm.
  • Memory: We listen to music that we associate with fond memories.
  • Emotional contagion: Music evokes emotions at a social level, such as concerts.
  • Imagination: What is perceived in the music.

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