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Music doesn't have to convey an emotion.

So often music is spoken of as the" language of emotion" and people often define the difference between sound and music as the emotion conveyed. But is the emotion what makes it music or is emotion something that becomes associated with it later? Many composers (myself included) write music that explores an idea or concept but has nothing to do an emotional state. Is what they're doing not music then?

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  • Oct 9 2012: I can see how a certain piece of music may illicit a some what predictable response. However just because my intent is to compose a sad song does not guarantee it will illicit a sad response from the listener. Therefor emotional perception is left to the hearer.
    • Oct 9 2012: Yes, that's a big part of my point. Thank you.

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