AbstractMusic and Emotion
The present discussion of the relation between music and emotion focuses on the problem of representationality and expressiveness. Until now this debate has not produced a plausible explanation that does justice to the complexity of either the relationship itself or the complexity of music or emotion. Alternatively this text conceptualizes the relation between music and emotion as the staging of musical emotions. This staging grows out of multiple interactions between musicians instruments listeners and social spatial and temporal arrangements. It will be demonstrated which qualities make emotions musical and which make music emotional. Emotions and music may interact as scenarios and »scenic objects«. Finally: What about the reality of musical emotions?