Strong Experiences with Music: Music is Much More than Just Music: A Review Essay

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The objects of Alf Gabrielsson's study Strong experiences with music are experiences and insights that exceed by far what is normally included in music experiences. To a great extent, the many (over 500) experiences related in this book are so intense that a reader often cannot avoid comparing them to her or his own experiences with music. The multi-variety of character in music experiences is viewed in relation to their dependence on a large number of both musical, personal, and situational variables. With its rare combination of the richness of accounts of extraordinary experiences, the sympathetic understanding and interpretation that characterizes the reflective commentary, and its thoughtful and cautious scientific analysis, this book provides a most powerful illustration of the profundity of the question what music may do to us.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Education and the Arts
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Reviewed Work(s):
Strong Experiences with Music (by Alf Gabrielsson)

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Performing Arts

Free keywords

  • Music
  • Music psychology
  • Music education


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