I know, the term for it is "semiotic". But I'm looking for a scientific answer that can explain in words why music can make you cry.
And by music, I mean songs without lyrics. Just instruments.
When I listen to beautiful songs composed by guys like Joe Hisaishi, the string or piano pieces bring tears to my eyes. I can't describe the feeling. I am listening to the player run their bow across their strings/violin, and I imagine myself sitting there, eyes closed, releasing that sweet note from the strings. And then I end up tearing up because of how beautiful it sounded. Not happy or sad. Just beautiful.
Has anyone else experienced this? If so, can you explain why (in scientific and psychological terminology?)
I am going to wager a guess that it has to do with the chords and the pitch of the middle tone.