World of Music


The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

(Lorenzo in "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare, Act 5, Scene 1)

There is a musical factor in all the arts and - what may sound strange - in science as well. I can't read a book without thinking or better feeling some kind of music. The same is true to mathematics and theoretical computer science, i.e. if it is not approached in a purely engineering way.

Music like any other arts is a recreation of reality filtered and transformed through the perception of the composer and the listener. But music seems to be farther away from the objects and events of our daily experience than works of literature or paintings. Though there are vocal words with texts, it can exist without any language context.

Music has been and will ever be observed both by our emotion and our intellect. We could even say that music should incite both the intellect and the emotions. A piece of music, which is not stimulating an emotional process would radiate a rational sterility, causing refusal. Whereas a piece purely based on rousing feelings without any intellectual aspect would risk being classified as primitive by reviewers.

As on my page with thoughts about literature we will have a look at Webster's definition of music

There is more about music at Bernd Klein Net


Bernd Klein

There is more on music on my favourites at bernd-klein.net: Music
I interviewed Simon Indelicate from the Indelicates on alternative ways to market music and on copyright: Interview with Simon Indelicate

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