Frankfurt am Main, Germany



Language: German Studies in German
Subject area: arts
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degree: Dr. phil.
Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses"). See glossary of musical terminology.
Let music sound while he doth make his choice;
Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end,
Fading in music.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act III, scene 2, line 43.
Ere music's golden tongue
Flattered to tears this aged man and poor.
John Keats, The Eve of St. Agnes, Stanza 3.
We get nearer to the Lord through music than perhaps through any other thing except prayer.
J. Reuben Clark, LDS Conference Report, Oct. 1936.
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