Music has influenced art for centuries. Some art historians have questioned the relationship between music and artistic expression. Some think that music is a purely aesthetic experience. Others believe that music can inspire artists to create new works of art. Regardless of the answer to this question, music is an important element of artistic expression.
Insights from music theorists
Although music theory has long been part of education, it is only in the past few decades that it has been given academic standing. Prior to this, few universities had music theory departments, and many theorists were trained as historians and composers rather than musicologists. As a result, the teaching of music theory was not considered to be an academic discipline. However, with a growing number of theorists and a greater awareness of how the arts are created, music theory has been able to gain academic status.
Effects of music on art
There are numerous ways in which music can influence the creation of art. Music has the power to inspire and uplift the spirit, and it can also serve as a powerful means of communication. It has long been a part of culture, and its range of styles and forms make it a natural adjunct to art, drama, and rituals. It has also long been recognized for its ability to reflect human emotions. As such, music has found itself at the center of many cultural and political movements, from advertising to psychotherapy.
The Guggenheim’s Around the Circle exhibit explores the role that music played in influencing Kandinsky’s art. The exhibition also showcases the relationship between the artist and the musical avant-garde. In one painting, an audience strains to hear a piano player. Light blares in the background and the music plays. The piece also highlights the circle of life and the emotional ups and downs of everyone in the world.
Piet Mondrian’s interest in music
Art historians view Mondrian’s paintings as a manifestation of his interest in dialectical relationships. Hegel developed ideas based on this idea, which asserts that civilization and art progress through tension and reconciliation. Mondrian interpreted these concepts by creating compositions of opposites that suggest evolution.
Hegel’s disagreement with Kant
Hegel’s disagreement with Kant and the idea of music influencing art focuses on the nature of art, its development and the influence of music. Hegel argues that art is an expression of the free spirit and creates works of beauty. While there is no one standard of beauty, Hegel lays out broad criteria for what constitutes a work of art. If a piece of work does not meet one of these criteria, it is not really art.
Meyer’s view on music
Meyer’s theory of affective arousal and his account of the meaning of music combine to form an illuminating account of the influence of music on art. According to Meyer, the music we hear has an embodied meaning, which is produced by the process of evoking expectations. Music produces these expectations by inducing delays and failures to complete a pattern, and this causes us to feel an affective response.