The Philosophy of Music


Throughout human history, music has been used for numerous purposes. Among these purposes are entertainment, ritual, therapy, communication and bonding. Music can also be used in advertising and psychotherapy. Regardless of what these purposes are, music is an integral part of human society. It has influenced generations of people, and it will continue to do so in the future.

There are many types of music, but there is one type that is most common. This type is called melody. It is a pattern of sounds that are arranged in such a way that it conveys the moral order of the universe. It is also called rhythm. This type of melody is composed for harmony. It is usually composed for emotional expression. The most common type of melody is threefold, consisting of three chords or tunes.

The music that we hear today originated thousands of years ago. It began as a form of entertainment. In early music, the melody was made up of phrases and tunes. Later, more elaborate instruments were developed. These instruments included the aulos, a reed-pipe similar to the Egyptian oboe, which could be tuned to different modes. The aulos was also used in Rome, where it was referred to as the tibia. It was made from a wooden box with gut strings.

Aristoxenus, a student of Aristotle, believed that music was an expression of the human soul. He also gave credit to the human being’s own ears. Among his other ideas, Aristoxenus believed that works of art were able to contain a measure of truth. He also argued that music could mold the character of an individual. Aristoxenus also denied that music was merely grace, stating that music was a way of life.

Later, the philosophy of music became more complex, with a more thorough examination of its purpose and its relationship to other arts. In this time period, a number of philosophers developed theories. During this period, the concept of dynamism, as articulated by Friedrich Nietzsche, was introduced. During the third century CE, Plotinus also argued for the idea of truth in works of art.

In the 18th century, a number of philosophers began speculating about the intrinsic nature of music. Among these were Howard Becker, Jacques Attali, Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Martin Heidegger, and Jacques Derrida. Although these philosophers were not speaking as philosophers of music, they did provide some interesting perspectives on the concept of music.

Aristoxenus’ concept of music as an expression of the human soul was echoed by St. Augustine, who emphasized music’s role in religion. He also feared that the sensual element of music was a danger. His fear that the melody would take precedence over words was countered by St. Thomas Aquinas. He held that music is a reflection of celestial movement. He also believed that music is mathematical in nature.

In the thirteenth century, the musical instruments in Europe started to change. This change is attributed to the Crusaders who returned from the Holy Land. It was also a result of a symbiosis between cultures in Spain.