Philosophy of Music

No. No way. There is no way an art form can be so beautiful. While I am naturally inclined to study the intersection of the How and the Why — Physics and Philosophy — I took it upon myself to use tools from these two fields to define art. After all, music is the most elegant form of art; albeit a slow and lumpy art form. After much conjecturing, I realised that, because words have little meaning without a quantitative measure, I must define science and art relative to each other and in a probabilistic manner. Thus, while Science is a field of study with a high probability for a single interpretation from multiple people, Art is a field of study with a high probability for multiple interpretations from multiple people — analogous to a monophony and a polyphony. More specifically, I learned in this course that music itself is oftentimes interpreted differently by different people. While some might feel that Steve Reich’s It's Gonna Rain is the worst composition they have ever heard, others might truly find genius within it. Thus, there is no universal pleasure or view that music holds. It may be qualified as one may deem fit — much like morality. After listening to Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, K. 284 it struck me that music is an intense duet between expectations and reality; the genius of a composer is to truly manipulate these two versions such that one may not be absconded by the infinite switches but not even be comforted by its style. In this Sonata, Mozart so wonderfully begins with the Orchestral Tutti Unison style and then shifts to the Stile Concitato, an agitated style. In Keyboard Music Vol.7 by Kristian Bezuidenhout, at 1:28 minutes and 2:56 minutes, while one just about expected the sonata to end, it suddenly picks up, as unexpectedly as getting struck by lightening twice. One must, therefore, be heavily armed with knowledge enough about the musical composition for him to truly enjoy this abstract tug between how he feels the composition must unfold relative to how it truly does. Another aspect of music that I found extremely fascinating is how widespread it is, just like the internet. Music evades our personal space more than we begin to realise. In fact, it even possesses the ability to create major reforms in society; the Frankish emperor Charlemagne took an intense interest in church music, and its propagation and adequate performance throughout his empire. The emperor's agents and representatives were everywhere ordered to watch over the faithful carrying out of his orders regarding music. It almost feels as though the easiest way to bring about a reform in society’s culture is to invent music that depicts the desired outcome. Music is thus an integral part of our existence. Apart from it multifarious uses in life, it teaches us that it is very important to listen more than talk. And that before judging, we must interpret what we hear, assimilate and then expel. Most interestingly, the following is a connection I attempted to derive between a lay person — It was I — who does not have a deep understanding of music and the true nature of music: Not every musical composition is a song, not every song is about love, not every love is between two humans; yet, in music, a lay person always finds a song that he loves.

Eccentricity levels of my favorite composers

*measured using my own quantitative scale