There is no place in the face of the earth where people do not sing and where music is not treated as an art. Everyone think music as a part of his or her life. Whether to entertain or to find tranquility in this busy chaotic world, people turned toward music. People believe that without music there is no refinement, no culture, and no particular identity.
In the primitive age when man had no learning, no defined culture, when he was as wild as other wild and ferocious animals, even then man sang to give out his mind, to express his feelings, whether of joy or of sorrow. Music was his language in and through it he expressed how he felt. He heard the cloud thunder, sea the waves howl, and found all nature expressing itself in different sounds and music. This made him wild in an excess of feeling and he sang-sang out of the gladness of his heart.
How old music is, nobody can say. The history of human civilization has a long record of music. It is aid about Orpheus that when he played on his flute, even the beats and birds hear him. It is narrated in the Bible that when King Saul was possessed of ghost and lost his consciousness, David restored it by playing on his harp.
The definition of music can be gathered from what has been said above. Music is nothing but a succession of harmonious sounds, vocal, or instrumental. Therefore, a song (solo or chorus) comes under the category of music, as does an instrumental concert. We may briefly say that any kind of melodies sounds, producing a pleasing effect upon the mind may be termed as music.
Music has appeal to the feelings of human beings. It rouses our feelings and emotions, makes us forget our joys, and sorrows so long as we listen to it. Its poetic jiggling, measured tunes, and perfect symphonies stir the inmost depths of our heart, which nothing else can. This power of music made the children of Hemmelin dance in thrilling joy and disappeared with the Peid Piper, leaving their all relations behind. It is said that some animals like tiger and deer even the venomous serpent are moved by music.
The kinds of music are many and various. The nationalistic music stirs patriotic feelings of men and even causes them to leave their hearth and home to go to the battlefield to court death; religious songs make us pure, honest and give us solace; the sad songs bring tears to our eyes; the love songs enthrall our heart with feelings for union or separation with the beloved.
Music, as has been pointed out before, touches the softest cord of our heart. It is food for our heart in our joys and sorrows: it; satisfies the heart-hunger of all. This is why it is an object of endearment to all and is cultivated all over the world.
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