Ideas and Thoughts of the Theoretical Underpinning

I would like to create something which evokes an emotional connection with the listeners when they hear the music. When I hear or perform certain pieces of music It brings out various types of emotions within myself and from the listener. For example, when I sing the Classical piece ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ it tends to ‘move’ the listener or give them ‘goose bumps’ because the instrumental arrangement and the message conveyed is so powerful. They may also relate the song to the loss of a loved one, as it is commonly knows as a funeral song. Translated the song portrays a journey, its about looking back on a past love with affection, a love which you will take with you on new horizons but accepting that you have to move on.

Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman ‘Con Te Partiro’ (Time to Say Goodbye):

English Translation of Italian Lyrics:
One of my own performances of Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye):

Listeners can relate to songs in so many different ways, songs can tell a story which is then inteperated differently by each individual. There are many studies which suggest that there is a physiological relationship between humans’ emotions and music. Literature studies suggest that,

The most common motive for listening to music is to influence emotions- listeners use music to change emotions, to release emotions, to match their current emotion, to enjoy or to comfort themselves, or to relieve stress. (Juslin and Sloboda, 2010:1)

In my project I want to utilise this physiological relationship and will aim to create something which really tells a story and incorporate the essence which comes from a classical piece of music. I will reinvigorate the classical piece with contemporary lyrics and infuse it with an audio visual of a story which is relatable to and inspirational to the listener. With the track I plan to build it up musically with an orchestral section to try and create something just as powerful and thought provoking as ‘Time To Say Goodbye’.

Juslin, P. and Sloboda, J. 2010. Handbook of music and emotion. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 1

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