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OVERVIEW OF NOUN MUSIC

1) music: an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner

2) music, euphony: any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds; “he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes”

3) music: musical activity (singing or whistling etc.); “his music was his central interest

Image of music
Image of music

4) music: (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)

5) music, medicine: punishment for one’s actions; “you have to face the music”; “take your medicine

noun music has 5 sense(s) (first 3 from tagged texts)


music (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Music (disambiguation).
Music
Music lesson Staatliche Antikensammlungen 2421.jpg
A painting on an Ancient Greek vase depicts a music lesson (c. 510 BC).
Medium Sound
Originating culture various
Originating era Paleolithic

Music is an art form whose medium is sound and silence. Generally, a song is considered the smallest standalone work of music, especially when involving singing. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics, and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses"). In its most general form the activities describing music as an art form include the production of works of music, the criticism of music, the study of the history of music, and the aesthetic dissemination of music.

The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from strictly organized compositions (and their recreation in performance), through improvisational music to aleatoric forms. Music can be divided into genres and subgenres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle, sometimes open to personal interpretation, and occasionally controversial. Within the arts, music may be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and auditory art. Music may be played and heard live, may be part of a dramatic work or film, or may be recorded.

To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as "the harmony of the spheres" and "it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is often ordered and pleasant to listen to. However, 20th-century composer John Cage thought that any sound can be music, saying, for example, "There is no noise, only sound."

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