Music

DEFINITION

Among all the arts, this is the art of arranging sounds in time, resulting in a composition that elicits an aesthetic response in the listener.Visual art about music: Egypt, c. 2400 BCE (5th Dynasty), Musicians, detail of the Akhthetep Mastaba from Sakkara, painted limestone bas-relief, Louvre.Gerona Bible Master, Bologna, Italy, Gradual, Proper and Common of Saints (folio 84 verso in Manuscript 526), c. 1285, tempera on vellum, one of 290 folios, 51.5 x 35.5 cm (20 1/4 x 14 inches), Musei Civici d'Arte Antica, Bologna. Black marks arranged on the horizontal lines ("staff") displayed here exemplify the system of musical notation used in Italy during much of the Middle Ages. The Latin text (or lyric) opens with "Gaudeamus," meaning "Let us rejoice." The initial letter "G" is historiated in late Byzantine style. This "gradual" is one of a set of three that together comprise the sung portions of the Mass for the entire church year.Quote: "Music is the luxury of the imagination." Eug?ne Delacroix (1798-1863), French Romantic painter. The Journals of Eugene Delacroix, March 4, 1824, translated by Walter Pach, 1937. "All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music." Walter Pater (1839-1894), English art critic and art historian. The Renaissance, 1873. "Music: the breathing of statues. Perhaps: the silence of paintings. Language where language ends. Time that stands head-up in the direction of hearts that wear out." Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), German poet. "On Music," 1918, from Selected Poems of Rainer Rilke, translated by Robert Bly, 1981. Also see abstraction, aleatory, animation, Apollo, arts advocacy, arts center, audio guide, auditory, automaton, cinema, creativity, dance, dissonance, eurythmy, four-dimensional, funk art, harmonic sequence, interdisciplinary, juxtaposition, kinesthetic, kinetic, measure, movement, muses, new media, pattern, periodicity, permanence, principles of design, rhythm, theater, theory, universal artwork, and video.

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