Emotions in the Listener: A Criterion of Artistic Relevance

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Philosophers of music and psychologists have examined the various ways in which music is capable of arousing emotions in a listener. Among philosophers, opinions diverge as to the different types of music-induced emotions and as to their relevance to music listening. A somewhat neglected question concerns the possibility of developing a general criterion for the artistic relevance of music-induced emotions. In this paper, I will try to formulate such a criterion. In whatever way music may induce emotions and regardless of the sorts of emotion music is taken to arouse, a given emotion will qualify as artistically relevant if and only if it is caused by appropriate listening, it is dependent on features of the piece of music as a work of art and is capable of further directing our attention to such features.
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Music Alone: Philosophical Reflections on the Purely Musical Experience.Kivy, Peter; Levinson, Jerrold; Budd, Malcolm & Raffman, Diana
Art and Emotion.Matravers, Derek

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