The lontano effect: affective connotations of offstage instrumentation in orchestral music


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While musical features like slow tempo, minor mode, quiet dynamics, and legato articulation have been identified as particularly suitable for conveying sadness, the affective connotations of instrumentation practice in Western orchestral music have received limited attention (McAdams, 2013). Following up on recent findings that solo instrumentation is consistent with the conveyance of sad affect (...


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