Our life would be boring, joyless, colorless, if it had no place for art. Art – this is one of the most important steps in the moral, spiritual evolution of man. Art helps a person look at the world from different points of view. Many people, once acquainted with this real miracle, with this inconceivable enigma, can no longer part with the world of art until the end of life. Some even refer to it as a sacred religion.
The history of art begins from ancient times, when people communicated with each other with the help of wall painting. After a while, a man opened the writing, and this was the beginning of the emergence of literature. With each century, the world of art is increasingly expanding, enriched, improved. But in all times, it was art that helped a person develop his abilities, improve abstract thinking. Over the centuries, people have tried to change the art more and more, improve it, deepen their knowledge. Sometimes it gave positive results, sometimes – led to the side, depriving the work of art of something secret, mysterious, that which emerges as if by itself and does not lend itself to analysis and study.
Types of art – a huge variety: literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, dance, cinema, theater, etc. And now there are more and more branches of this prolific tree. We learned the photo, design, computer graphics. And I am sure that the opportunities for further development and improvement, in art are endless. It, like
But of all the various types of art for me the most important is music. Music sounds everywhere: on radio, television, concerts. With the help of a musical composition, the composer splashes out his thoughts, emotions, feelings. Music helps us in many ways. It develops memory, makes people better, cleaner, prettier than the soul. Listening to a musical work, a person relaxes, feels well and calmly, becomes more cheerful or thoughtful, depending on what mood the melody carries in itself. Probably, it’s hard to say about music more accurately, more fully and more poetically, than M. Yu. Lermontov once said:
What sounds I’m
I’m listening to Sweet sounds;
I forget eternity, heaven, earth,
Omnipotent! What a sound!
Greedy Heart catches them,
As in the desert a traveler is desolate
Kaplyu of the waters of the living!
And in my heart they give birth to
Dreams of merry years
everything that is not dressed in clothes.
These sounds take on the image,
The image is sweet to me;
I falter, I hear the silent weeping of parting,
And the soul is on fire.
And again I’m madly reveling in the
Venom of the former days,
And again I’m thinking in thoughts of
The music inspires. It causes in the ordinary person the desire to create, the desire to do something beautiful, to accomplish something good, necessary, useful, a desire to improve oneself, one’s life, the world around. “Music,” Stendhal wrote, “when it is perfect, leads the heart into exactly the same state as you experience, enjoying the presence of your beloved being, that is, it gives undoubtedly the most vivid happiness…” He said the same in his poem and the great AS Pushkin:
Of the pleasures of life
One love gives way to music,
But love is a melody…
But all this, in my opinion, refers more to classical music. After all, in music, as in any art, there are many varieties, many different trends and styles. Music is divided into classical and modern, instrumental and vocal, choral performance, etc. Perhaps we can say that music largely meets the needs of the century, the needs of the era, of society. I do not want to say that in past times people were better, spiritually richer, more deeply and more seriously perceived the surrounding reality. But before the music was assigned a different role. Therefore, its content and character were different. To listen to music, people gathered specially for this purpose, special rooms were assigned, an appropriate situation was created.
Now the music accompanies us all the time: on the street, in a cafe, in shops, in transport. We listen to music, doing homework, cleaning up in the apartment, talking to friends, walking with a dog, taking a bath… We are singing a familiar light melody when combing in front of a mirror or ironing a skirt in front of the disco. We dance to the music in the disco itself – and these dances also do not look like old waltzes. We sometimes do not even think about words, over the meaning of modern songs – the main thing is that there should be an easy and easy melody. It is hard to imagine that someone put a kettle on the stove or fry an eggs under the symphony of Beethoven or Tchaikovsky. But an uncomplicated motive like: “La-lya, fa-fa-fa” is very easy to perform and quite quickly able to cheer up and drive away sad thoughts (and sometimes – thoughts in general!).
Of course, there are some serious pieces among contemporary music that make the heart contract or beat faster, works that from the very first note are immersed in reflections – about love, about life, about destiny, about friendship, etc. These works cause sincere tears or happy delight. And at the same time it does not matter whether the song’s content answers your emotional state or whether you simply penetrate the history of the hero. Thus, both modern and classical music can appear in various guises, evoke different emotions. And if it really is real music, and not just a one-day song, then in past times, and today it opens the author’s soul before us, making us rejoice, sad, disappointed and believe with him.
“I consider it impossible to compose music that I have not fully experienced, it seems to me a lie, for the notes have the same definite meaning as the words – perhaps even more definite,” said composer F. Mendelson.
And if all modern composers had the same attitude to their creativity, modern music would have the same force of influence on people as the classical one. Unfortunately, this is not the case for today. And maybe, in the modern world, we just have to once dive into the world of music. Maybe we do not have the opportunity to devote as much time to the music as it requires? Maybe life itself puts forward demands and dictates its conditions to us and to art? It’s good or bad – probably time will tell. In the meantime, let the music live! And let everyone find in it what he is looking for, what he needs right here and right now.