What is Music?. Notes & Introduction to MUSIC APPRECIATION SHS Spring 2014 Mr. Weaver. Definition.
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Notes & Introduction to
SHS Spring 2014
What is music? According to Webster's II: New Riverside University Dictionary, music is "the art of arranging tones in an orderly sequence so as to produce a unified and continuous composition".
In reality, music does not have any one concrete meaning. Music has different meanings for different people.
To a musician, music is their life. They eat, breathe, and live music. Music is their passion.
For others, music is a hobby, a pastime. Music is something that arouses interest and is pleasurable. The casual fan may learn about music, how to read music, how to sing, or how to play a musical instrument, but they do not have the all encompassing passion a musician possesses.
Music is a means of relaxation for some, while others simply enjoy listening to the sounds, melodies, and rhythms that music brings to their ears, minds, and hearts.
The following definitions are taken from an article that defines music according to different perspectives.
It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done, not worked out on paper.
Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not English; but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creations, often even the country and/or racial feeling.
It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.
What is Music?