Music in dreams.

Abstract

Music in dreams is rarely reported in scientific literature, while the presence of musical themes in dreams of famous musicians is anecdotally reported. We did a systematic investigation to evaluate whether the occurrence of musical dreams could be related to musical competence and practice, and to explore specific features of dreamt pieces. Thirty-five professional musicians and thirty non-musicians filled out a questionnaire about the characteristics of their musical activity and a structured dream log on the awakening for 30 consecutive days. Musicians dream of music more than twice with respect to non-musicians; musical dreams frequency is related to the age of commencement of musical instruction, but not to the daily load of musical activity. Nearly half of the recalled music was non-standard, suggesting that original music can be created in dreams.

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@article{Uga2006MusicID, title={Music in dreams.}, author={Valeria Uga and Maria Chiara Lemut and Chiara Zampi and Iole Zilli and Piero Salzarulo}, journal={Consciousness and cognition}, year={2006}, volume={15 2}, pages={351-7} }