What is called in music of sadness, on the romance and sadness
The listener connects emerging feelings with listening to a certain tune
Similar melodies, strangely enough, evoke positive emotions. AI Kawakami, representing the study group, spoke about how the experiments helped to establish the specificity of this phenomenon.
Kawakami, along with colleagues interviewed more than 40 volunteers, among whom were as professional musicians, and those people who are far from music. They were asked to listen to a sad song, which alternated with a few minutes of cheerful music. Each participant had to name a number of key words that best characterize the emotion.
As sad music chose a passage from the works of Glinka and etude Blumenfeld. A happy tune was taken from Allegro de Concierto Granados. The researchers were able to establish that the sad tunes trigger some negative emotions due to the fact that the world is immediately perceived in a more tragic color, less romantic and exciting than it really is.
Any emotional stress is perceived as an unpleasant feeling, but if sad music only evoked negative feelings, would anybody hear it? What is called in music sadly, it actually includes romance and sadness.
Regardless of musical experience, the listener connects emerging feelings with listening to a certain tune. That is why such music is perceived through the prism of positivity.