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Expressing joy in music

by Kim Lajoie on April 21, 2014

‘Joy’ in music can refer to feelings of love or hope. This group of emotions are generally characterised by positive, uplifting feelings. In order to convey these positive feelings, focus on a stable musical material, with a tonality that is predominantly major and consonant. High energy is often useful too, but not always necessary.

The stability will provide a sense of comfort and dependability for the listener. A consonant tonality performs a similar role. Both the stability and consonance will allow the major tonality to come through clearly. The energy level will depend on the overall contour of the song, but a high energy level can can also assist in drawing the listener’s attention. A high energy level will also indicate to the listener that a particular section of music is particularly important (which also helps make it more memorable).


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