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
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..View full abstract
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Awarded by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions
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].