Music

A painting on an Ancient Greek vase shows a music lesson (about 510 BC)
Louis Armstrong, a jazz musician.
The Estonian Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm, 2008
Paco de Lucena, 19th-century Spanish gypsy flamenco guitarist
Horn Music

Music is a form of art; an expression of emotions through harmonic frequencies. Music is also a form of entertainment that puts sounds together in a way that people like, find interesting or dance to. Most music includes people singing with their voices or playing musical instruments, such as the piano, guitar, drums or violin.

The word music comes from the Greek word (mousike), which means "(art) of the Muses". In Ancient Greece the Muses included the goddesses of music, poetry, art, and dance. Someone who makes music is known as a musician.

Definition of music

Music is sound that has been organized by using rhythm, melody or harmony. If someone bangs saucepans while cooking, it makes noise. If a person bangs saucepans or pots in a rhythmic way, they are making a simple type of music.

There are four things which music has most of the time:

  • Music often has pitch. This means high and low notes. Tunes are made of notes that go up or down or stay on the same pitch.
  • Music often has rhythm. Rhythm is the way the musical sounds and silences are put together in a sequence. Every tune has a rhythm that can be tapped. Music usually has a regular beat.
  • Music often has dynamics. This means whether it is quiet or loud or somewhere in between.
  • Music often has timbre. This is a French word (pronounced the French way: "TAM-br"). The "timbre" of a sound is the way that a sound is interesting. The sort of sound might be harsh, gentle, dry, warm, or something else. Timbre is what makes a clarinet sound different from an oboe, and what makes one person's voice sound different from another person.

Definitions

There is no simple definition of music which covers all cases. It is an art form, and opinions come into play. Music is whatever people think is music. A different approach is to list the qualities music must have, such as, sound which has rhythm, melody, pitch, timbre, etc.

These and other attempts, do not capture all aspects of music, or leave out examples which definitely are music. According to Thomas Clifton, music is "a certain reciprocal relation established between a person, his behavior, and a sounding object".[1]p10 Musical experience and the music, together, are called phenomena, and the activity of describing phenomena is called phenomenology.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Musiek
Alemannisch: Musik
አማርኛ: ሙዚቃ
Ænglisc: Drēam
العربية: موسيقى
aragonés: Musica
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܙܡܪܘܬܐ
armãneashti: Muzicâ
arpetan: Musica
asturianu: Música
Avañe'ẽ: Atõi
Aymar aru: Jaylliphust'a
azərbaycanca: Musiqi
تۆرکجه: موسیقی
bamanankan: Fɔlikan
বাংলা: সঙ্গীত
Bân-lâm-gú: Im-ga̍k
Basa Banyumasan: Musik
башҡортса: Музыка
беларуская: Музыка
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Музыка
भोजपुरी: संगीत
български: Музика
Boarisch: Musi
བོད་ཡིག: རོལ་དབྱངས།
bosanski: Muzika
brezhoneg: Sonerezh
буряад: Хүгжэм
català: Música
Чӑвашла: Мусăк
Cebuano: Musika
čeština: Hudba
chiShona: Mimhanzi
corsu: Musica
Cymraeg: Cerddoriaeth
dansk: Musik
Deutsch: Musik
ދިވެހިބަސް: ސަންގީތު
eesti: Muusika
Ελληνικά: Μουσική
English: Music
español: Música
Esperanto: Muziko
estremeñu: Música
euskara: Musika
فارسی: موسیقی
Fiji Hindi: Music
føroyskt: Tónleikur
français: Musique
Frysk: Muzyk
furlan: Musiche
Gaeilge: Ceol
Gaelg: Kiaull
Gàidhlig: Ceòl
galego: Música
贛語: 音樂
ગુજરાતી: સંગીત
𐌲𐌿𐍄𐌹𐍃𐌺: 𐍃𐌰𐌲𐌲𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍃
गोंयची कोंकणी / Gõychi Konknni: संगीत
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Yîm-ngo̍k
한국어: 음악
Hausa: Kiɗa
हिन्दी: संगीत
hrvatski: Glazba
Ido: Muziko
Ilokano: Musika
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: এলা
Bahasa Indonesia: Musik
interlingua: Musica
Interlingue: Música
Iñupiak: Atuutit
Ирон: Музыкæ
isiXhosa: Umculo
isiZulu: Umculo
íslenska: Tónlist
italiano: Musica
עברית: מוזיקה
Basa Jawa: Musik
kalaallisut: Nipilersorneq
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಸಂಗೀತ
къарачай-малкъар: Музыка
ქართული: მუსიკა
कॉशुर / کٲشُر: موسیٖقی
kaszëbsczi: Mùzyka
қазақша: Музыка
kernowek: Ylow
Kiswahili: Muziki
Kreyòl ayisyen: Mizik
kurdî: Muzîk
Кыргызча: Музыка
Ladino: Muzika
лакку: Музыка
ລາວ: ດົນຕີ
Latina: Musica
latviešu: Mūzika
Lëtzebuergesch: Musek
lietuvių: Muzika
Ligure: Muxica
Limburgs: Muziek
lingála: Mizíki
la .lojban.: zgike
lumbaart: Müsega
magyar: Zene
македонски: Музика
Malagasy: Mozika
മലയാളം: സംഗീതം
Malti: Mużika
मराठी: संगीत
მარგალური: მუსიკა
مصرى: مزيكا
مازِرونی: ساز
Bahasa Melayu: Muzik
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Ĭng-ngŏk
Mirandés: Música
монгол: Хөгжим
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ဂီတ
Nederlands: Muziek
Nedersaksies: Meziek
नेपाली: सङ्गीत
नेपाल भाषा: संगीत
日本語: 音楽
Napulitano: Múseca
нохчийн: Эшар
Nordfriisk: Musiik
Norfuk / Pitkern: Myuusik
norsk: Musikk
norsk nynorsk: Musikk
Nouormand: Mûsique
Novial: Musike
occitan: Musica
ଓଡ଼ିଆ: ସଂଗୀତ
Oromoo: Muuziqaa
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Musiqa
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਸੰਗੀਤ
Pangasinan: Musik
پنجابی: موسیقی
Papiamentu: Musika
پښتو: سندارا
Patois: Myuuzik
ភាសាខ្មែរ: តន្ត្រី
Piemontèis: Mùsica
Plattdüütsch: Musik
polski: Muzyka
Ποντιακά: Μουσική
português: Música
Ripoarisch: Musick
română: Muzică
Runa Simi: Taki kapchiy
русиньскый: Музика
русский: Музыка
саха тыла: Музыка
Gagana Samoa: Mūsika
संस्कृतम्: सङ्गीतम्
Scots: Muisic
Seeltersk: Musik
shqip: Muzika
sicilianu: Mùsica
سنڌي: موسيقي
slovenčina: Hudba
slovenščina: Glasba
ślůnski: Muzyka
Soomaaliga: Muusig
کوردی: مۆسیقا
српски / srpski: Музика
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Muzika
Basa Sunda: Musik
suomi: Musiikki
svenska: Musik
Tagalog: Tugtugin
தமிழ்: இசை
Taqbaylit: Aẓawan
татарча/tatarça: Музыка
tetun: Muzika
ไทย: ดนตรี
тоҷикӣ: Мусиқӣ
ᏣᎳᎩ: ᏗᎧᏃᎩᏛ
Türkçe: Müzik
українська: Музика
اردو: موسیقی
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: مۇزىكا
Vahcuengh: Yinhyoz
vèneto: Mùxega
vepsän kel’: Muzik
Tiếng Việt: Âm nhạc
Võro: Muusiga
walon: Muzike
Winaray: Musika
Wolof: Way
吴语: 音乐
Xitsonga: Vunanga
ייִדיש: מוזיק
Yorùbá: Orin
粵語: 音樂
Zazaki: Muzik
Zeêuws: Muziek
žemaitėška: Mozėka
中文: 音乐
Kabɩyɛ: Minziiki
Lingua Franca Nova: Musica