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Peculiar AttunementsHow Affect Theory Turned Musical$
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Roger Mathew Grant

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288069

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288069.001.0001

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The Attunement Affektenlehre

The Attunement Affektenlehre

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Peculiar Attunements

Roger Mathew Grant

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the theoretical texts of the attunement Affektenlehre. In the wake of debates surrounding both comic opera and instrumental music, theorists felt the need to offer a new explanatory mechanism for musical affect. They turned, in this endeavor, to the empirical phenomenon of sympathetic resonance, postulating a mechanical operation whereby the vibration of musical sound could stimulate the nerves of the human body; the interior of the listener was then said to be attuned to the affect through this non-representational, corporeal mode of transmission. Scrutinizing the details of these attunement theories, the chapter concludes with Hegel’s critique of sense-certainty.

Keywords:   affect, attunement Affektenlehre, autonomic, Hegel, nerves, sense-certainty, sound, sympathetic resonance, vibration

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