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Musical Dialogue Pre- and Postnatally

There is an African story, telling about a young woman, who decides that she wants to have a child… She goes away from the village, and sits under a tree all by herself. She sits, waits and waits – until she can hear the song of the child that wants to come. After memorizing the song she returns to the village and teaches the song to the man who is to be the father of the child. While the child is being conceived, they sing the song together, to welcome the child. During the pregnancy, the song will be taught to the midwives and the old women of the village, so that they will be able to sing this welcoming song at the moment of birth, and eventually all the villagers know the song. That song is present throughout the child’s life, in joy and in sorrow. Finally, it is sung to this person as a farewell, around the deathbed. Musical experiences affect our lives in very holistic ways, starting prenatally. These are especially connected with the interaction abilities, with the dialogue going on.

Publication Date
October, 2012
Citation Information
"Musical Dialogue Pre- and Postnatally" (2012)
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