Posted by Professor Musicstedt:
Some music, we listen to just for joy of listening to instrumental prowess from the performer. Other times, we listen for the lyrics. Both of which evoke an emotional response. Humans have been creating music for well over ten thousand years. Starting out with simple singing, it then progressed to banging on stuff with sticks to produce a rhythm.
Soon, Ogvis the Caveman came up with a simple flute, made from hollow bone, or perhaps, a hollow stick. This was the birth of the refined musical instrument. Many changes followed. Someone thought to stretch gut-sinews over a hollow log and pluck the gut strings. Over generations, this led to our current stringed instruments, such as the piano, the guitar and the violin and their related instruments. Yes, music has been with us for thousands of generations. For tribal dominance, mating rituals and religious statements. All evoked emotional response from the listener. These are some works that evoke an emotional response for me:
"Canon in D" by Johann Pachebel - basically a 'baroque Jam session', but the chords really work
"The Brandenburg Concerto" by Johann Sebastian Bach - simple math and music come together in this work
"Water Music" and "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi - Alas, more baroque, ..but, the emotional content is there in the music.
"The Moldau" by Bedrich Smetana, a Czech composer in the late nineteenth century. The work follows the narrative of a small river flowing downhill, gathering momentum, and eventually, entering the sea.
Beethoven's Ninth Symphony - From start to finish, it is one of the finest pieces of music ever, just listen to the chorale 'Ode To Joy'.
"The Bolero" by Maurice Ravel. It starts out very quiet, and builds and builds on the same melody, then, all of a sudden, it comes to a loud and striking stop.
"Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss, written in 1896. You have all heard it.
Music equals emotion.....here are more examples:
Van Morrison "The Bright Side Of The Road"
Van Morrison "Have I Told You Lately?"
Van Morrison "Cleaning Windows"
Van Morrison "Coney Island"
Edgar Winter "You Were My Light"
Michael Oldfield "On Horse-Back"
Jean Michael Jarre "Fishing Junks At Sunset"
Lou Reed "Perfect Day"
Brian Eno "Cindy Tells Me"
Devo "There's A Time For Us" (from "West Side Story")
Steve 'Professor Musicstedt' Lindstedt