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Music on one of the most powerful of the arts partly because sounds - more than any other sensory stimulus - create in us involuntary reactions pleasant or unpleasant It may be difficult to connect analysis with the experience of listening to music but everyones listening including performers benefits through understanding of some of the fundamentals of music Music can be experienced in two basic ways hearing and listening Hearers do not attempt to perceive accurately either the structure or the details of the music They hear a familiar melody which may trigger associations with the composer time era or places dedicated to the song Aside from melody little else such as details or chord progression is heard The listeners however concentrate their attention upon the many elements of the music They observe the form details and structure of the music focusing upon the form that created the content They listen for something - the content Even the most avid listeners will be hearers under certain circumstances No one is always up for concentrated attention In order to continue some important terms and concepts must be introduced to arrive to a clear discussion of music Some of the basic musical terms include tone consonance dissonance rhythm tempo melody counterpoint harmony dynamics and contrast Each one is essential to the analysis of music Most music contains at least one if not all of these variations within a piece of music That is primarily what creates a pleasant or unpleasant experience If music is like the other arts it has a content that is achieved by the forms transformation of subject matter However some critics have denied that music has a subject matter while others suggest so many different possibilities can create utter confusion Two theories that Humanities Through the Arts identifies are two basic kinds of subject matter feelings and sound Martin It is difficult for music to refer to objects
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