Modern society is becoming alienated from the works of classical composers. The appreciation for classical music is dwindling, and this is a disturbing problem. People are forgetting the fathers of music; without their inventions and subsequent success there would be no contemporary music.
In this documentary, Howard details the wide range of music that has existed and how it has evolved throughout the centuries. He reminds us how fortunate we are to have these different genres of music readily available on the internet. He makes a point that people back then were lucky to hear their favorite symphony at least five times in their lives. This fact made me realize how unappreciative we have become of music. We should be taking advantage of the opportunity to be able to experience music from different centuries and countries.
The enriching experience of listening to live music has been a pleasurable pastime for many individuals since the creation of music itself. The ability for musicians to provoke profound emotions in others is a form of social communication that is unmatched by any other type of human connection which allowed music to retain its popularity throughout history. Without an artistic mode of expression for humans to communicate what can’t be directly spoken, life becomes dull and devoid of emotion where the only clear method left of expression is through verbal and linguistic communication. Music, in general, acts as a unifying intermediate where both the historical tales of the era coincide with the rhythmic stylings of the composers to evoke compelling
Music is one of the most important parts of human society. It is used as an emotional outlet and allows people to express themselves. “Music is a reflection of self.” Music is the relationship between tones that normally on their own would not be too exciting, but once put together they convey emotions, thoughts, and ideas. Music is meant to transport an individual to another world, the composer's world. A composer will construct a story influenced by their own lives and their society. An important part of the music is also the history behind it and how it has impacted people. “Music is defined as a practical activity, and is an art form that has always invited theoretical speculation and critical reflection.” Music is everywhere and is in everyone's life but, not everyone knows its early history and how it evolved into today's genres. Researching, studying and examining early music and its evolution reveals how music has transformed from simple monophonic lines with no real timing into large orchestral pieces. Early forms of music included one or two parts, while orchestral pieces included multiple types of instruments, each independently playing different parts. Musicology is the is the process study, inquiry and reflection of music, while it forms its own context and employs distinct concepts, it's clearly dependant upon and reflective of music as its subject.” Musicological research has not been able to pinpoint what the music of primitive people or non-western
After completing Seminar in World Music, I have realized how important it is for music students to familiarize themselves with music from different cultures.
Although my interests are numerous, my passions are very few. First and foremost, I have a passion for classical music. There is an indescribable sensation I feel when hearing Johann Pachelbel’s Gigue, “The Variations of The Canon,” preformed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. For three minutes and two-seconds, I was mesmerized and I realized why I persuaded my mother to buy me his CD. His music, in its grandeur and consonance is perfect, the climax of coloratura repertoire, hitting every F note with glorious precision as the forty piece orchestra projects their brilliant voice. The last movement of Beethoven’s “Pastorale” symphony overwhelms me with the simplicity of its majestic melody repeating itself through crescendos, building itself to toward a climax, only to resolve with a final electrifying current rendered by a solo French horn. However, the feeling composing this music lacks parallel. When I hum Mozart’s melodious lieder, I can hardly control my shivers, convinced Mozart wrote his famous song cycles especially form me. My love of classical music has been enriched, and has reached a point where it defines me, and its hold on me is unshakeable; to neglect it would be impossible.
The two are in fact much closer to being the same than not, and thus, the idea that they work together in complementary engagement, is not so far fetched. The preceding examination, therefore, lays the foundation in inspecting what art is, its function, and where its boundaries lie. Secondly, the endeavor extends into an analysis of how fine art can and does help to further the cause that is philosophy. The final conjecture here is that the fine arts are positively necessary for the attainment of human excellence, existing as a focal practice. Whether you are at the gym listening to music to try to increase the blood flow to your muscles to increase the amount of weight that you are able to lift. Or simply having a romantic dinner with a loved and need to further illuminate the mood. It is universal and can be used at any time of the day, anywhere in the world. The great thing about music is that it is both a necessity and a luxury, therefore one does not lose the value of the music, because without it who knows, the world would most likely be in chaos. As a wise man once stated, "It is not the notes that makes the music, but the spaces between each
Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” Throughout history, the highly evocative language of music has played a major role in influencing societies and individuals. Some may say that music is the most complex form of expression. It communicates in a language that penetrates beyond the mind; it goes directly to the emotions and creates an environment or a feeling that defines that very moment. That music has the power to express and convey our thoughts and our emotions is without question, however, the idea that music has the power to reflect an entire society and can recreate an identity is not as well accepted. For every culture and their people, music has played a
“Life is a series of beautifully composed vignettes, loosely tied together by a string of characters and time,” Mahod Seraji. A beautiful sound, one I never heard flooded the room. Her fingers danced over the keys in a swift, effortless motion, suddenly the music tempo changed from soft to loud in a lively beat. A feeling I can never forget and it was wonder. Music can lead you to imagine scenes in your mind, which only certain composers can evoke. I never listened to something so beautiful and I was in awe. I recall when I was five years old and I went to visit a family friend. When we arrived, her daughter, Shirley was playing the piano.Shirley taught me a song and instantly I was fascinated. I immediately expressed the desire to learn
Some of the barriers that people can face when appreciating classical music from the three eras (baroque, classical, and romantic) is due to the lack of exposure and understanding of the music. I think that not growing up being exposed to classical music, can cause people to grow up with stereotypes/prejudices against classical music (thinking that classical music is boring, irreverent, and is only for old/elite people). Due to those stereotypes/prejudices, some people may feel that they cannot relate/understand the music. Instead of lyrics, we have to rely on the melody, rhythm, tempo, and other musical elements. Sometimes, it can be frustrating to not be able to understand and grasp the pieces (sometimes I have to listen to a certain piece
Famous music composer, Ludwig van Beethoven once rightly quoted “Music is a higher revelation than philosophy”. Indeed, music has higher magnitude than just being a mere form of entertainment- it plays a significant role in our society be it politics or religion or even academics. So important is music’s value that it has been recorded throughout history of mankind in numerous ancient writings including the sacred Hindu scripture, Veda. Thus it is no surprise that even today the value and contribution of music has not declined but on the contrary, risen.
mUSIc hAS ShApEd mY pErSoNAL ANd intellectual life in many ways. Music is a common language that connects me to others who share my enthusiasm for creating it. Furthermore, I learn about my own preferences and personality through the pieces that intrigue me. As I expose myself to a wider array of styles and eras, my musical tastes
One can find music deeply embedded in their roots; as part of their everyday lives. As part of their lives music is a constant factor, its presence at the birth of a child and the death of a warrior are only two examples of how their music is made to fit their state of minds.
This paper is a proposal that provides an outline about the interviewee, culture, interest in music, and its meaning. The person to be interviewed is Eunice Liang, a sophomore at Temple University. Eunices’ culture is entirely different that mine which is Chinese. One main example is the way they celebrate the New Year. It is a 15 day festival that is divided into three categories. First category is the ‘preceding days’ where they clean the house and prepare to welcome the New Year. Second category is the ‘Festival time’ and they visit relatives, have dinner together and perform activities. Third category is the ‘Following days’ where they wish their relatives a happy New Year and conduct temple fairs. The beautiful culture of Chinese people
It has been said that when it comes to the era of classical music audiences