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Music and affections

Rhetorical and Romantic affective strategies in musical performance

Research project
Active research
Project size
5.034.000 SEK
Project period
2019 - 2022
Project owner
Academy of Music and Drama

Swedish Research Council

Short description

This project involves artistic researchers in music, musicians, and researchers in musicology and literature. In the project, we explore music’s affective potential, and the possibilities of affective participation of both players and listeners in a musical performance. We investigate the artistic opportunities created through re-enacting the affective practices and aesthetic mindsets that once went with musical performances in, on the one hand, the 18th-century sensibility culture and, on the other, the aesthetics of the Early Romantic period. We study how attitudes and behaviors from a certain aesthetic culture can affect our experience of music of that culture. Of particular interest is the dynamic transformations induced and enhanced by the sounding music and the affective interactions between all participants in the performance.