The Art called Music

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Pop. Traditional. Classical. These are all genres of music. These all serve a purpose. These are all important. Pop music has been used to help inform and motivate the general public during movements like environmental protection and gay rights. Traditional music has helped to guide us by telling us stories of the past from the church to the fields. Classical music has been played for royalty and help dancers spin a story. Some can be considered art while others can’t, but it often differs because the definition of art is in constant motion. The definition of art is a subject philosopher’s debate because it can be defined strictly or loosely. For the purpose of this essay, let art be defined as anything that can be touched or heard, and it causes a mental and physical reaction. Classical music is truly an art form because it invokes a mental and physical reaction from both the audience and the performers, and it has contrast to make it more dynamic.
Classical music is physically moving because it causes the performers to move with the music as they play. When the Alexander String Quartet played Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581 with Eli Eban as the clarinetist, the string players leaned forward as the played the quiet parts while Eli Eban leaned backwards as he played the piano parts of Mozart like the beginning of the first movement. However, when the strings were playing quiet for most of the Larghetto movement, they were not leaning forward the whole time, but swaying and watching each other as they played. During the menuetto and trio I,II movement, Frederick Lifsitz and Zakarias Grafilo were nearly bouncing out of their chairs as they played bright ascending lines. When they pass around the theme of the allegro mo...

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...t that is what made it truly beautiful because it conveyed a picture. All of the pieces I heard made me think about the music itself, and wonder what the composer was picturing as he wrote.
All of the concerts I went to were good. The concerts allowed me to broaden my knowledge of music and learn more about how chamber music sounds. I moved along with the music I heard, and I thought about the works as I listened to them. I saw the musicians move as they played, and I know most musicians think about how they are going to play. Classical music may be losing the younger audiences, but it is still as great as it used to be when these pieces where played for royalty. Thought and movement are reactions to classical music which is why it’s an art form, and we should continue to support it because it is growing as composers write new pieces for the modern day instruments.
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