Journal article

THE METAPHOR OF SWEETNESS IN MEDIEVAL AND MODERN MUSIC LISTENING

Jason Stoessel, Kristal Spreadborough, Ines Anton-Mendez

MUSIC PERCEPTION | UNIV CALIFORNIA PRESS | Published : 2021

Abstract

HISTORICAL LISTENING HAS LONG BEEN A TOPIC OF interest for musicologists. Yet, little attention has been given to the systematic study of historical listening practices before the common practice era (c. 1700-present). In the first study of its kind, this research compared a model of medieval perceptions of ''sweetness'' based on writings of medieval music theorists with modern day listeners' aesthetic responses. Responses were collected through two experiments. In an implicit associations experiment, participants were primed with a more or less consonant musical excerpt, then presented with a sweet or bitter target word, or a non-word, on which to make lexical decisions. In the explicit ass..

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This project was supported in part by a grant from the University of New England's Research Investment Scheme, Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education. Ethics approval has been sought for all experiments in this paper: University of New England, Australia, Approval Numbers HE18-233, HE18-255.