Intersubjectivity and Shared Dynamic Structure in Narrative Imaginings to Music

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Natalie Miller, Nathaniel Mitchell, Mauro Orsini Windholz, Jamal Williams, J. Devin McAuley

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This paper digests a recent body of empirical work on narrative imaginings to music, bringing them into dialogue with existing theoretical frameworks. By examining the stories imagined at three geographic locations using various methods, these studies present converging evidence that intuitive imaginings to music can be strikingly similar across individuals, but only when they share a cultural background. The intersubjectivity of these imaginings extends not just to the stories’ content, but also to their dynamic event structure as imagined to unfold across the time course of the music.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalMusic Theory Online
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Music


  • culture
  • event segmentation
  • imagination
  • intersubjectivity
  • narrative


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