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Musical Agency and the Social Listener


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Agency in Music, Agency in Mind
  • Social Affordances and Agency
  • Virtual Agency in the Social Mind
  • The Effect of Repeated Listening on Narrative and Agency
  • Social Cues through Rhythm and Meter in Johannes Brahms’s Sieben Fantasien Op. 116, No. 7: Capriccio
  • Range and Climax Expectations in Journey's "Don’t Stop Believin’"
  • Cadential Expectations and Expressive Agency in Lin-Manuel Miranda's "How Far I’ll Go" (Moana)
  • Formal Cues and Expectations in Cécile Chaminade’s Piano Sonata, Op. 21, I
  • Agency’s Place and Practice
  • Appendix A: Expectations, Rhythm, and Meter

    Appendix B: Expectations for Range and Climax within Rock Music

    Appendix C: Harmonic Syntax and Expectations

    Appendix D: Formal Structure and Listener Expectation

    About the Author

    Cora S. Palfy is assistant professor of Music, Elon University, USA


    Musical Agency and the Social Listener offers refreshing and original perspective on music analysis. Weaving together insights from cognitive psychology and music analysis, Cora Palfy shows how many styles of music that imply gesture or movement invite listeners to experience expectations that may give rise to agential interpretations. Particularly notable is the variety of musical styles and composers she incorporates, including piano music by Johannes Brahms and Cécile Chaminade alongside songs by Journey and Lin-Manuel Miranda.Edward KlormanAssociate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II), McGill University, Canada

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