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Extra-musicality means information which influences music perception but which is outside of the listening experience.

Early uses of the term

I grant that the term as used here means something different from Wagnerian extra-musicality. Nevertheless: in the very concept of the row, exhaustive and rigorous as it is; in the frankly mathematical nature of the derivations and operations, ...--The Score - Issues 22-28, 1958

The same finely moulded outlines and orchestral clarity and accuracy, the same routine perfection, the same musicality and lack of extra-musicality. All of which would procure a super, say, Schubert symphony, but make Mahler un- neurotic ...--Musical Opinion - Volume 91, 1967

... whether you like it or not, because much music has become too weak to be able to survive without the help of unmusicality or extra-musicality; more of that in Section IV below. Meanwhile, it cannot be gainsaid that even aside from Cage, the ...--The New Review - Volume 2, Issues 13-24, 1975

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