The Middle Ages, also known as Medieval Era, was a period in history dating back to 476 CE through the early fifteenth century. During this period the church was viewed as a dominating force that led intellectual and cultural life. As emphasis on the church and religion grew, many aspects of everyday life were influenced and shaped towards a more spiritual ideal. Therefore, music began to reflect the practices and teachings of the church in attempt to inspire worshippers and encourage praise; singing the church texts did this. Although music provided other entertainment and secular values, its main purpose was a sacred and religious one.
John Warrack, author of 6 Great Composers, stated, “Any study of a composer, however brief, must have as its only purpose encouragement of the reader to greater enjoyment of the music” (Warrack, p.2). The composers and musicians of the Renaissance period need to be discussed and studied so that listeners, performers, and readers can appreciate and understand the beginnings of music theory and form. The reader can also understand the driving force of the composer, whether sacred or secular, popularity or religious growth. To begin understanding music composition one must begin at the birth, or rebirth of music and the composers who created the great change. The Renaissance period of history occurred during the 15th and 16th centuries.
William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which is commonly believed to criticize society’s romanticized idea of love, demonstrates that even though love may seem unachievable, it is still possible to find it even in the most unlikely places. Shakespeare illustrates this idea in Twelfth Night through the characters Antonio and Sebastian by subtly suggesting that Antonio and Sebastian are more than just friends. It is Sebastian’s physical beauty that attracts Antonio to him, which leads him to devote himself to Sebastian as a sign of love. Antonio’s love for Sebastian grows to obsession; however Sebastian considers their friendship to be completely plutonic. In addition Sebastian generally tries to save Antonio from his own desire; however he does a bad job by leading him on unintentionally due to his passive nature.
Perhaps the most obvious reason we should embrace the healing power of music is because we have such an abundant supply. Today, our culture glorifies music, whether it is in our cars, on television, in the elevator, or in our ipods. Music is all around us, and it could be a key to promoting our overall health.
Musical Worship Throughout history, music has been used as a form of worship in the Christian church. From David playing his harp and writing poetry in fields to electric guitars being played in church buildings, we have explored almost every style of music. There are many views on how musical worship should be carried out in the church. So much so that style of musical worship has become a church splitting controversy. People draw lines in the sand and choose not to sway far from what they believe is pleasing to God, but this has led to more division than unity.
All the best possible moves and initiatives need to be made considered just to gain proper attention and consideration. It would turn out to be very much helpful from the standpoint of obtaining the most favorable response from the key audience. The musical show discussed is really effective and make audience feel very much happy. It covers best possible efforts from the part of the performers and the musical arrangers. Due to this only, the musical concert turns up to be the most successful event.
In using the appropriate class and style, an author can more fully integrate a song into a piece (Boulton). However, the contrast created by a lowly character, for instance a hobbit, singing a song of sublime quality would place more stylistic emphasis on the song, such as when Bilbo sang a song about Earandil in The Fellowship of the... ... middle of paper ... ...est of the work, which are accented by the break in narrative that the songs create. The accentuation of these themes increases reader awareness of the Biblical undertones and creates Christian equivalences in the songs themselves and the surrounding text. The use of songs as a religious communication tool was developed by the Anglo-Saxons, and is seen in their work as well as their Old- and Middle-English successors. Tolkien’s practice therefore of using songs is a derivative of his work in Old-English literature and scholarship of Anglo-Saxon language and culture.
Music as Clay In our study of Bach, we have seen how he was able to take traditional, sacred texts and write accompaniments for them that capture the meaning of those texts in a very unique way. Bach had the power to write music that was so expressive that it could actually make the listener feel what the text was saying. This power of Bach's music is often overlooked in our society, because the modern human culture it quick to judge the beauty of music. By doing this, we fail to hear the truths Bach wrote. The following is a close study of how Bach was able to combine text and harmonies in one specific movement of his Cantata No.
Like the Chansons in the Middle ages the Renaissance had their rendition of love songs called Madrigal where four or more would sing love poems. The Renaissance utilized instruments more than the Middle ages did but not really in the catholic church because the use of instruments was used in pagan religions and the Catholics wanted to keep that distinction. The lute was used it is described as pear shaped and also the early model for the guitar. The use of the recorder, the early forms of the violin, the cello and organ were used in Renaissance music. Choirs song polyphonic sacred text compositions during Mass known as Motet.
With the music industry also taking to the World Wide Web, these song lyrics and melodies are now easily found anywhere there might be a computer. The songs soothing, slumberous rhythm wraps their world of listeners--the young and old, man and woman, hard rock and contemporary fans--in a cloak of content. Instead of saddening, depress ing, or infuriating, the soft melodies and gentle lyrics harmonize to awaken the sense of hope in the hearts, the possibility of love, and the comforting knowledge that we are not lonely souls. Two hearts far apart are thinking of one another in "Somewhere Out There." Each holds on to the belief that life will bring them back together and guide them to their dreams.