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Bleckblås eller träblås: En studie i emotionellt uttryck
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Art.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]Alternative title
Brass or woodwind : A study in emotional expression (English)
Abstract [en]

This is a study where I examine and compare the perceived emotional expression of brass instruments and reed instruments to investigate whether one group have an inherent tendency to better express a certain emotion than the other group. Based on scientifically proven methods, I have composed two musical pieces, where one of them represents the emotion of happiness and the other one represents the emotion of sadness. I have then written 5 arrangements per musical piece, where one of them consists of piano, two consists of solo instruments from each instrument group accompanied by piano, and two consists of a trio from each instrument group. This makes a total of 10 arrangements. These arrangements serve as audio examples in a web survey where I compare the two instrument groups based on how the audience perceive their emotional expression. A total of 36 people participated in the survey.

Regarding the emotion of happiness, 71 % of the participants felt that trumpet and piano was the solo instrument version that best expressed happiness while 18 % chose oboe and piano. 44 % chose the brass trio as the happiest version while 36 % felt that the reed trio best expressed happiness. When it came to the emotion of sadness, 19 % of the participants chose trumpet and piano as the saddest solo instrument version, while 72 % felt that oboe and piano sounded the saddest. 25 % chose the brass trio as the saddest version while 67 % chose the reed trio. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 15 p.
Keyword [en]
Music and emotion, Emotions, Brass Instruments, Woodwind instruments, Trumpet, Oboe, Piano, Composition, Arrangement, Listening test, Listening to Instruments
Keyword [sv]
Musik och känsla, Känslor, Bleckblås, Träblås, Trumpet, Oboe, Piano, Komposition, Arrangemang, Lyssningstest, Instrumentlyssning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53021OAI: diva2:933433
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Educational program
Music Production Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-04 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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