When I listen to a beautiful piece of music, for instance Quizas by Andrea Bocelli, I am feeling something is under my skin, moving. I don't know if there exists a word to express such a feeling.
Why Does Great Music Give You the Chills?
Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders?
The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin.
Listening to emotionally moving music is the most common trigger of frisson, but some feel it while looking at beautiful artwork, watching a particularly moving scene in a movie, or having physical contact with another person.
I don't think the word is all that well-known, but it might be exactly what you are experiencing. The word chills (used in the article's headline) might be a more well-recognized substitute.
If the music so good it is sublime you might be experiencing "numinous".
This word is for when something is so good that you can't help but detect a hint of divinity or spirituality in it. This is also good for when you have deep seated connection to your fellow humans, perhaps after some great work of good you all share in numinous solidarity.
I've heard it referred to as an "Aesthetic Moment".
I am not a musician. I'd give a better reference if I could find one. The best I can do is say that I heard my daughter's high school chorus teacher use the phrase.
Another possible answer would be "bliss".
After reading JR's answer, it occured to me that a nice piece of music might give The warm fuzzies
In the time since I originally posted this, I've become aware of ASMR which, as far as I can tell, is a more scientific explanation of "Warm Fuzzies"
I encountered this article which explained that phenomenon, and find some good expressions from it:
- music gives you goosebumps
- have intense reactions to music
- react to songs in this heightened manner
- people experience chills
- people get goosebumps upon listening to music
- body completely changes when listening to the song
- listening to supposedly "sad" songs could actually boost someone's mood
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