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Theories of Music and Genres
There are many theories of music, each with its own emphasis on how to perceive it and its inner meaning. Some theories are rooted in psychology, while others are more aesthetic. For instance, a contextualist approach focuses on the way that music is ascribed to a specific culture. Many music theorists do not reject the possibility of inner meaning, but they tend to be indifferent to it.
Music has been acknowledged as an important aspect of human existence since ancient times. Its ability to combine words and physical movement has led to alliances with other disciplines and practices. Music has always served as an adjunct to rituals and drama, and its ability to evoke emotions is well-known. As a result, popular culture has tapped into the emotional power of music to promote a wide range of causes, from psychotherapy to advertising.
As the 19th century developed, composers took advantage of the unique sonorities of instruments and their control of volume. These sonorous effects were especially useful in works that had literary associations. Nevertheless, evaluating musical colour requires careful consideration of the context in which it was created. For example, composers like Claude Debussy used exoticisms in his works.
There are several articles that deal with the history of music and its different genres. There are separate articles on African, Oceanic, Asian, Native American, and Western music. Additionally, there are separate articles on percussion instruments, wind instruments, and stringed instruments.