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Barbara Livingston--Music

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Music is Science

     It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics.  A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once with the most exact control of time.


Music is Mathematical

     It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.


Music is a Foreign Language

     Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French and the notation is certainly not English--but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas.  The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.


Music is History

     Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country and or racial feeling.


Music is Physical Education

     It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaghramatic, back, stomache, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.


Music is All These Things, But Mostly

Music is Art

     It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but different) techniques and use them to create emotion.  That is one thing science cannot duplicate; human feeling or emotion.


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