This paper investigates the influence of musical structure concerning some chosen historical styles (2 impressionist pieces, 1 classical, 2 baroque) on the symbolic and diagnostic content (i.a. the EPQ-R Eysenck Personality Test was applied) of the imaginary process in 10 persons aging from 18 to 24. The goal of this research consists on verification of the rightness of choosing M. Ravel's music (I. part of the Spanish Rhapsody), used by E. Galinska for the theme 'The Magic garden' in the treatment of persons with mental disturbances. This piece was treated as the experimental one and was compared with 4 others, control pieces. The projection material thus obtained from two stimuli: musical and verbal (the given theme) was subsequently subjected to semantic analysis performed according to the worked out qualitative and quantitative categories. Musical material was analyzed: 1) in order to find the so called musical invariants, that is musical structures, which in case of the examined persons evoked similar contents of imagination; 2) from the point of view of the style, form, executive apparatus and their differentiating influence on the imaginary process and emotions included in it. This study confirmed rightness of choice of experimental pieces of music and its non-convertibility to any of the control pieces. Music proved to be the stronger projective stimulus than the word, and, independently of the theme, directed the imaginary and emotional process towards his own side (in case when music has the structure ill adopted to the theme). Each of the investigated musical pieces had its specific musical invariants.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.