Journal article

The impact of biographical information about a composer on emotional responses to their music

Frederic Kiernan, Amanda Krause, Jane Davidson

Musicae Scientiae: the journal of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music | SAGE Publications | Published : 2021

Abstract

This study investigated whether reading biographical information about the composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679–1745) before listening to his music would influence listeners’ self-reported emotional responses. The study involved 179 participants who completed an online listening exercise in which they read either a negative or a neutral biography of Zelenka, or no biography, before listening to two short excerpts of his music. After listening to each excerpt, participants completed a 27-item questionnaire concerning their emotional responses and were then asked to describe in their own words how the music made them feel. Two factor analyses identified five factors underlying the emotional respo..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions [CE1101011].