Let's talk about Music !Having studied at New England Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood and been very successful in Music all of my life, both Classical, Jazz and virtually all the genres, I...

Let's talk about Music !

Having studied at New England Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood and been very successful in Music all of my life, both Classical, Jazz and virtually all the genres, I would like to share experiences in all types of this International language called Music..

Anyone care to share experiences and ask questions?


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drmonica eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree that music is an international language. As an English teacher, I found music lyrics to be an ideal way to engage students in the study of poetry. Using a popular song to illustrate the principles of rhyme and meter was infinitely more enjoyable for them than parsing lines of “real” poetry. I always explained to my students that a song is nothing more than a poem set to music. I also gained a sincere appreciation for rap music once my students began pointing out to me the intricacy of the syllabication in many of the songs. Eminem became one of my favorite contemporary poets (NOT the especially vulgar songs) after my students introduced me to his work.

Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Several years ago I went to an Italian festival with a friend whose delightful mother-in-law came with us. She (the mother-in-law) was from Bulgaria but spoke English a bit. Safe to say, I do not speak Bulgarian. We were sitting together in an outdoor concert featuring an Italian singer who sang in . . . Italian. She understood a little Italian, so she translated for me. So the lyrics went from Italian into Bulgarian into limited English! Such fun. The song was beautiful even without the translations, and the lyrics in all three languages fit the melody. Music is an international language indeed.

krishna-agrawala | Student

I enjoy listening to music but I cannot sing or play any instrument. Also I am rather poor at recognizing specific notes, that have been mentioned in Post #5 above.

I believe these notes represent different frequencies of sound. However, theses commonly used notes do not cover the complete spectrum of audible sound frequencies. There are other sound frequencies in between the frequencies of these notes which are not used in music. Rather deviating from these standard notes is considered bad music.

I always wonder, if music cannot be made richer by accepting and using all possible notes and not just the standard ones.

I would like to know to what extent my understanding about natures of notes in music is correct, and how others feel about use of sound frequencies not covered by standard notes.

metoperaretired | Student

Having been lucky enough to travel most countries in the world, I have to say that virtually all people react to Music in the same manner.. There are only 8 Diatonic notes and 5 Chromatic notes in an Octave and yet these same notes can and do play all genres of Music.. Share some more with me/us.. Thanks

metoperaretired | Student

Music is not only the International Language, but as Albert Einstein said ~ Music is the "Only true Democracy, because in good music, played well, ALL notes are equal "!

What are your feelings about that?

krishna-agrawala | Student

Idea of considering music as a language is new to me, but an interesting one.

When I think about it, I realize that the age old Indian system of classifying performing arts such as music and dances in various types of rasas - which may be loosely translated as emotions - also recognizes the ability of these arts to communicate just like any other language.

Under the most commonly accepted system all the emotions that may be communicated through performing arts are classified as navrasas (or nine emotions). These are:

  1. Shringar (beauty and love)
  2. Hasya (laughter, mirth)
  3. Rudra (fury)
  4. Karuna (compassion, mercy)
  5. Vibhatsa (disgust, aversion)
  6. Bhaya (horror)
  7. Vira (bravery)
  8. Adbhut (wonder, astonishment)
  9. Shant (tranquility)

Of course there are several different versions of classifying these rasas as a result one does come across other than these nine rasas also; For example, krodha (anger), vismaya (wonder, vatsaly (parental love), and bhakti (devotion).

I would be very much interested in knowing about similar interpretations of music from other regions.


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