Is there such a thing as unconditional musical love?

There are myriad ways that music can help us regulate our emotional lives – from acting as a stress release to triggering powerful nostalgia for an era or event.

But do we always experience the same emotion each time we hear a familiar piece of music? And is there a form of unconditional musical love?

These questions and more will be discussed next week at a University of Melbourne Masterclass event investigating the interplay of love and music.

The final in a three-part series complementing the NGV exhibition Love: Art of Emotion 1400-1800, the April 26 Masterclass will see academics from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music explore the emotional bond humans have with music, both contemporary and historical.

Professor Jane Davidson, deputy director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, will look at the ways in which music can affect our emotions and trigger memories of the past, while David Haberfeld will speak of his undying love for music technology.

Dr Anthony Lyons will discuss the powerful emotional pull of using ‘found sounds’ and samples in his compositions, while Dr Erin Helyard will reveal how and why musical tastes, timbres and textures have changed over the centuries.

Sounds of Love: Music will be held at the Forum Theatre, Arts West Building, The University of Melbourne, Parkville from 6pm to 8.30pm.

This masterclass program is subsidised through the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions and spaces are limited.

Tickets are $40 and can be booked online here.

Image: Master of the Stories of Helen, Antonio Vivarini (studio of), The Garden of Love (c.1465‒1470), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Felton Bequest, 1948, 1827‒4.