After completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Recognise and analyse the expressive qualities of music;
- Analyse how the expressive qualities of music function within different cultural contexts;
- Reflect on the different views on musical expressivity and musical emotion;
- Critically evaluate the methods of analysis that are used.
Music is energy. It is energy from a physical point of view, as the sounds that the music consists of are vibrations of air molecules. Music, however, is also energy in a different sense. Music has the power to move people, both physically and mentally. Music thus is a force, a sonic cultural expression that has an impact on listeners, performers, and composers alike.|
In this course music as expressive force will be discussed. The following topics will be covered:
- Materiality of music;
- Music as motion;
- Musical creation as expressive activity;
- The expressivity of musical performances;
- Music as embodied experience;
- Music and emotions.