Music is a field in art that has been practiced for centuries to, it is diverse and intricate in its practices and is straightforward in expressing emotions yet it remains ununderstood by many people. People listen to music in their homesteads, on their phones and other media file supporting gadgets but there are many mysteries that they cannot explain about the music.
The musicians, on the other hand, have considerable knowledge on how they can compose music but they are blind and unaware of the physical basis of the existence of music. It is unfair that a field that has contributed so much in the running of the world’s affairs for so long a time is unknown to many. To uncover the deep secrets on the foundation and physical basis of music it is important that we study the philosophy of music and its nature. Philosophy of music entails studying the essential questions about its nature and the experiences we get from music.
Music has been sub-divided to two different types of music namely pure and absolute music. Pure music presents complicated problems to the understanding of the nature of music. However, though the problems are bigger with the pure music, their solutions are easier to come up with than those of absolute. This comes about as a result of pure music having the ability to express itself more effectively than impure music.
Absolute music entails instrumental music that does not have non-musical components. Pure music has the advantage of the text in it working in collaboration with the musical components to come up with an effective and effic...
ient style of imparting expressiveness (Roger, 57). Effectiveness is however not the only field of discussing music understanding and values. Impure music may, however, have a different ontology from pure music thus may be based on other things other than expressivity, understanding, and value.
The most common and easiest explanation of music is that it is a sound that has been strategically put in a certain order that makes sense or sequence, in short it is organized sound. However, this does not serve as a satisfactory explanation because it places music as one example of organized sound because even other organized sounds can be explained similarly. The human speech, animal noises and noise from machines are also organized noise.
To find a suitable explanation for music additional features have been put into consideration including tonality, which covers pitch and rhythm. Another feature is artistic properties including experience (Roger, 89). These two features have to work hand in hand because if only artistic properties are considered then there is the challenge of explaining poetry instead of music. In the end, it is noted that music is not entirely made of sound but involves rests which are what listeners listen to. Every sound has been proven to be capable of being used as music thus this supports the theory of music being more than just sound.
Musical ontology covers the study of things that can be described or characterized as musical and their relationship to each other and the forces that hold them together. Under this umbrella, the metaphysics of
classical music and strategies to give a reliable performance for classical music are all covered (Wayne, 124).
Music is a diverse field with a lot of things and fields attached to it thus explaining all its aspects and basic foundations are sure out of the question. However, it is possible to understand some but not all its aspects. It is important that people narrow their thinking and perception towards music in order to gain a deep and proper view of the particular problems in the understanding of music.
One has to link all personnel involved in music from the musicians to their listeners and instrumentalists and understand the challenges faced by all the parties in question. Among the many topics discussed and one that has brought great concern about the nature of music is its ability to express and influence emotions. While focusing on music it is important that the differences in the capacity of music to express and effect the persona (Eggebrecht, 90).
People listen to music and hear the same thing that animals could hear. However, the difference is that people listen to music and understand its constituents keenly noting the difference between the text and the music. However, music can be understood in different stages depending on style and the sense hidden in the song. It is important that deep meanings of songs are derived so that it can aid in better understanding of music (Eggebrecht, 78).
It is not clear if music was basically structured or if its foundation was set on the basis of communication or of expressing emotions. There has been concern from listeners on how they should respond to emotions expressed in music, the value of such responses and reasons attached to listening to music that engenders negative responses like sadness in us. In analyzing these topics, music has been narrowed to only pure and absolute types despite the existence of many other types.
This move is usually to understand how music that has a supporting text can express the emotions seen in the text and how well-placed the text is in the specific context of the song. A piece of music just like art can be used to convey specific information to a given audience and music has the capability combining the emotions in various stages to create or bring out various emotions from its listeners or create the atmosphere for a certain emotion to be developed (Wayne, 124).
Expression of emotions are deeds people do, like demonstrating states of emotions. Expressivity is a thing art and several other fields hold. The two can be by assumption, placed or taken to mean the same but cannot be practically used similarly. The responses to music, like sadness cannot be described as a negative response to emotions engendered by music. The fact remains that this emotion still got a response as it was supposed to thus response was positive.
Musicians need to understand the musical nature so that they can set strong in their composing by setting a strong foundation for their individual works on the strong foundation of music (Roger, 143). This will not only improve the quality