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A Psychodynamic Analysis of Music Performance Tension Based on the Perspective of Reception Aesthetics

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DOI: 10.23977/ISEEH2022.017


Haodong Jia

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Haodong Jia


With the improvement of living standards, people's requirements for spiritual and cultural aspects have also increased, and music has gradually become an indispensable part of people's daily life. Therefore, music performance has entered people's field of vision. With the rise and development of music psychology, an interdisciplinary subject of musicology and psychology, more and more scholars have begun to pay attention to and study the psychological tension in music performances. Music psychology is the special function of human brain and the subjective reflection of the brain on the objective music reality. In other words, in all music activities, including music creation, music performance and music appreciation, all the psychological contents related to music, such as feelings, thoughts, memories and emotions, belong to the category of music psychology. Many musicians, music educators and learners are concerned about how to make the performers smooth and comfortable in the music performance and achieve the state of “unity of music and emotion”. In the research focusing on the psychology of music performance, the causes of tension and how to overcome regulation are the focus of the research. It is not difficult to see in the research that tension is a general psychological phenomenon of human beings, and it is a psychological state (reaction) produced in emergency and special stressful situations. This makes the problem of psychological tension in the performance of music all the more important.


Musical performance, Nervousness, Aesthetic perspective

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