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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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(p.108) 4 The Attunement Affektenlehre
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Peculiar Attunements
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Roger Mathew Grant

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288069.003.0005

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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