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Music In Aaron Coplands essay How We Listen to Music he examines the three ways people listen to music He calls the ways we listen to music planes The three planes he examines are the Sensuous Plane Expressive Plane and Sheerly Musical Plane 400 He uses examples of each plane and how people use it The Sensuous Plane is used just for the pleasure of musical sound People turn it on just to have something fill the air with sound He says people use music to escape the everyday boring events of their lives They use music as a consolation or an escape 401 People use it to take themselves into a dream world The Expressive Plane is used when people try to relate the music to something in their life The more it reminds them of something the more expressive it appears to them Not all people agree with one anothers view of what the music means Composers have a way of shying away from any discussion of musics expressive side 401 He goes on to state that they do this because musics meaning differs from person to person The Sheerly Musical Plane concerns the notes words harmonies rhythms tones melodies etc Professional musicians focus on these things only when writing music They use the music as a way to express themselves and tell how they feel about things This also happens to be what the composersong writer is usually criticized for ie Marilyn Manson and Eminem At the end of his essay Copland says that people dont listen to one plane or another rather we listen to all three at the same time Actually we never listen on one or the other of these planes What we do is to correlate them o listening in all three ways at the same time 404
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