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Facts About Festivals and Music
Music has been an integral part of human society for centuries. It has been used in rituals, advertising, psychotherapy, and geriatrics. There is a rich history of music theory, with different views on music’s purpose and the nature of its components.
Aristotle thought that music was a reflection of the moral order of the universe. He also attributed music to human emotion. The Stoics placed music in service of virtue, while the Epicureans considered it an adjunct to a good life.
Plato believed that music echoed divine harmony. Nevertheless, he decried the complexity of music, which was too distracting. Instead, he believed that simplicity was best.
Hegel favored vocal music over instrumental music. Symbolists such as Edmund Gurney incorporated psychological, expressionist, and formalist elements.
Schopenhauer, however, saw music as not spatialized or objective. Instead, it was akin to the inner dynamism of a process. Nietzsche gave a short shrift to mathematical considerations, but saw the power of music to create myths.
Greek thought still exerts an influence on beliefs about the importance of music. Though many have disagreed with these early ideas, there are still many who believe that music plays a crucial role in ethical life.
The Finnish researchers studied the brain’s response to rhythm, tonality, and color when music is heard. They found that wide networks of neurons in the brain were activated when the sound of music is heard. These networks are responsible for activating feelings, activating motor actions, and modulating respiratory functions.