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Music-A Literary Social Science

Author Affiliations

  • 1 English Department, Institute of Applied Science and Humanities, GLA University, Mathura, UP, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (4), Pages 28-30, April,14 (2013)


Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.The study of music is a part of biology as the study of living organisms. Music exists because people create it, perform it and listen to it. The human brain is an information processing system. Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is a super-stimulus to express the strong emotions about the internal mental state of the speaker. The musicality of speech is much more subtle than that of music, but it provides important information which the listener's brain processes in order to derive some information. This information is applied to modulate the listener's emotional response to speech, and this accounts for the emotional effect of music. The normal function of the cortical map that responds to consonant relationships between different notes occurring at the same time within harmonies and chords must be the perception of consonant relationships between pitch values occurring at different times within the same speech melody. There are at least five and possibly six symmetries of music like: Pitch translation invariance, Time translation invariance, Time scaling invariance, Amplitude scaling invariance, Octave translation invariance and Pitch reflection invariance. Constant activity patterns in the speaker's brain are echoed by similar constant activity patterns in the listener's brain. This accounts for the emotional effect of music as an information processing function, results in quite specific explanations of how major aspects of music such as scales, regular beat and harmony are processed in the brain. To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Indian Carnatic and Hindustani are devotional music which melt the heart of the great God Almighty. Tyagarajar, Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry, king Sri Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma, Purandaradasa are the well known singers of devotional compositions. Rabindranath Tagore was a towering figure in Indian music. Meerabai was an aristocratic Hindu mystical singer. We shall see in detail about the music of renowned personalities in our research paper.


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