Philosophers’ Views on Art and Music
Intangible quality, Relationship to words, and musical tradition – these are some of the questions asked by philosophers. These questions help to answer the question, “What is the art and music?” Music is an example of a combination of art and science. Both science and art are attempts to understand the natural world. The objective of science is to determine the history of the universe using observable physical evidence.
Intangible quality of art and music is a key feature of cultural heritage. The aesthetic values of intangible cultural heritage should be studied with a broader perspective, and the artistic quality of intangible cultural heritage should be promoted. As an intangible cultural heritage, folk art and folk literature have intrinsic artistic value. They are also important sources of artistic creation.
This quality is often referred to as “creativity.” It is an aspect of human culture that transcends geographical boundaries and time. It is also found in numerous other domains of intangible cultural heritage.
Relationship to words
The relationship between music and art is a fascinating one. The two mediums combine their own unique qualities to create a unique experience for the audience. While traditional artworks are appreciated through the sense of sight, music is appreciated through the hearing of a melodic tune and meaningful lyrics. Although the two mediums may seem to appeal to different senses, they are actually inextricably linked. Each of these forms of art contributes to a deeper, more meaningful experience.
One example of how visual art and music are linked is the creation of album covers. Several famous artists have incorporated music into their work, such as the late artist Peter Saville, who created album covers for New Order and Joy Division. The relationship between art and music goes deeper than album covers, of course, but there are many other examples of artists drawing inspiration from music.
Philosophers’ views on art and music vary widely. Some believe that music has no value as a human endeavor while others believe that it is the most important form of art. Music is distinct from other forms of art in that it is an expression of itself. In Schopenhauer’s famous book The World as Will and Representation, he argued that music is superior to all other forms of art, including art.
In recent decades, there has been a resurgence of interest in philosophers’ views on absolute music. This interest has grown into a specialized subfield of philosophy of art, and shows no signs of abating. Philosophers like Aristotle have written about music in Politics in the Complete Works of Aristotle, edited by Jonathan Barnes. Musicologists have responded with books like Stephen Davies’ Musical Meaning and Expression, which explores Aristotle’s views on music.
Relationship to musical tradition
The relationship between art and music can be traced back thousands of years. Some Asian and African cultures have long-standing art-music traditions. China, India, and Japan are also home to long-lasting music and art traditions. While non-Western societies are less likely to have a formal concert tradition, they still view music as an important part of their daily lives.
The Near and Middle-East comprises many countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, West Asia, and North Africa. These regions are inhabited by predominantly Muslim Arabic, Persian, and Turkish-speaking peoples. In their art-music, the lute is the dominant instrument. It is accompanied by the darabukkah, a small clay drum.
Influence of German philosophers
The influence of German philosophers on art and music dates back to the eighteenth century. Around 1800, the concept of individual arts was considered by German philosophers for the first time. In this way, the individual arts took on full speculative dimensions. While the empirical or descriptive criterion had previously given some indication of the unity of single arts, the classical German philosophical system took it a step further.
Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, is considered one of the most influential philosophers in history. His oeuvre covers nearly every topic in scholarly thought and is considered the pinnacle of German rationality during the Enlightenment. He was also one of the first to use German as a scholarly language. Prior to this, most German philosophers wrote in Latin. His focus on public administration made him a founding father of economics, and his philosophy stressed the importance of university education.