music

Definitions

  • Study for the Ceiling of a Music-Room
    Study for the Ceiling of a Music-Room
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n music musical activity (singing or whistling etc.) "his music was his central interest"
    • n music punishment for one's actions "you have to face the music","take your medicine"
    • n music any agreeable (pleasing and harmonious) sounds "he fell asleep to the music of the wind chimes"
    • n music (music) the sounds produced by singers or musical instruments (or reproductions of such sounds)
    • n music an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Girls and Boys music Girls and Boys music
Oranges and Lemons music Oranges and Lemons music
St. Paul's Steeple music St. Paul's Steeple music
I Saw Three Ships music I Saw Three Ships music
Dickory Dock music Dickory Dock music
Ye Frog's Wooing music Ye Frog's Wooing music
King Arthur music King Arthur music
Ye Song of Sixpence music Ye Song of Sixpence music

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The music band UB40 got its name from an unemployment form in England
    • Music (Zoöl) A more or less musical sound made by many of the lower animals. See Stridulation.
    • Music Harmony; an accordant combination of simultaneous tones.
    • Music Love of music; capacity of enjoying music. "The man that hath no music in himself
      Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
      Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils."
    • Music Melody; a rhythmical and otherwise agreeable succession of tones.
    • Music The science and the art of tones, or musical sounds, i. e., sounds of higher or lower pitch, begotten of uniform and synchronous vibrations, as of a string at various degrees of tension; the science of harmonical tones which treats of the principles of harmony, or the properties, dependences, and relations of tones to each other; the art of combining tones in a manner to please the ear.
    • Music The written and printed notation of a musical composition; the score.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The music for "The Star Spangled Banner" comes from a British drinking song named "Anacreon."
    • n music Any pleasing succession of sounds or of combinations of sounds; melody or harmony: as, the music of the winds, or of the sea.
    • n music The science of combining tones in rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic order, so as to produce effects that shall be intelligible and agreeable to the ear.
    • n music The art of using rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic materials in the production of definite compositions, or works having scientific correctness, artistic finish and proportion, esthetic effectiveness, and an emotional content or meaning.
    • n music A composition made up of tones artistically and scientifically disposed, or such compositions collectively: as, a piece of music. Music is classified and named with respect to its origin or general style as barbarous, popular, national, artistic, sacred, secular, etc.; with respect to its technical form as melodic, harmonic, polyphonic or contrapuntal, homophonic, Gregorian, classical, romantic, strict, free, lyric, epic, dramatic, pastoral, mensurable, figured, etc.; with respect to its method of performance as vocal, instrumental, solo, choral, orchestral, concerted, etc.; and with respect to its application as ecclesiastical or church, theatrical, operatic, military, or as concert-, chamber-, dance-music, etc.
    • n music A musical composition as rendered by instruments or by the voice.
    • n music The art of producing melody or harmony by means of the voice or of instruments.
    • n music The written or printed score of a composition; also, such scores collectively: as, a book of music; music for the piano or the flute.
    • n music A company of performers of music; a band; an orchestra.
    • n music Pleasurable emotion, such as is produced by melodious and harmonious sounds; also, the source, cause, or occasion of such emotion.
    • n music Lively speech or action; liveliness; excited wrangling; excitement.
    • n music Diversion: sport; also, sense of the ridiculous. In this sense apparently confused with amuse; compare musical, 5.
    • music To entice or seduce with music.
    • n music In golf, the degree of suppleness in the shaft of a club.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Radio and TV producer John Guedel was the originator of the musical commercial.
    • n Music mū′zik a connected series of sweet sounds: melody or harmony: the science which treats of harmony: the art of combining sounds so as to please the ear: a musical composition:
    • n Music mū′zik (U.S.) heated argument, also amusement
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Quotations

  • Felix E. Schelling
    Felix E. Schelling
    “Architecture is petrified music.”
  • E. M. Cioran
    E. M. Cioran
    “Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.”
  • Tipper Gore
    Tipper Gore
    “You're talking to someone who really understands rock music.”
  • Henry Miller
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    “Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.”
  • Van Morrison
    Van Morrison
    “Music is spiritual. The music business is not.”
  • Bill Nye
    Bill Nye
    “Wagner's music is better than it sounds.”

Idioms

Face the music - If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
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Music to my ears - If something someone says is music to your ears, it is exactly what you had wanted to hear.
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Stop the music - 'Stop the music' is a way of telling people to stop everything that they're doing as something important has happened or become known.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. musique, fr. L. musica, Gr. (sc. ), any art over which the Muses presided, especially music, lyric poetry set and sung to music, fr. belonging to Muses or fine arts, fr. Muse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. musique—L. musica—Gr. mousikē (technē, art), mousa, a muse.

Usage

In literature:

Poetry differs from prose not only in form, but also in rhythm, music, beauty and sentiment.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
All the romance of his spoilt and solitary life had come to him so far through music, and through such music as this!
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
All of this music is seriously intended, all is well done, and all musical.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
You ought to be musical, for music belongs to both sides of your house.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
For we know, as well as we can know anything, that there is music and supermusic.
"The Merry-Go-Round" by Carl Van Vechten
By the middle of March the song sparrows begin to appear, and for a month after this they furnish delightful music daily.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Hers is a musical family, as her two sisters and brother are each possessed of nice musical taste and education.
"Music and Some Highly Musical People" by James M. Trotter
As far as possible we have banished music.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
But it always grows, and in due course may be said to become the music itself.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
However great his music, he was unworthy of it.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon
The officer, addressing the musical damsels, remarked that the music had become rather monotonous, and asked them to change the tune.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
I thought of his emotion at hearing that glorious Bach music.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
Music he studied early, as a science as well as an art.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 8 (of 8)" by Various
Before de Spain had walked far he heard music from the open-air dancing-pavilion in Grant Street.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
The music ceased suddenly and before Beth could flee into the bushes Peter had caught her by the hand.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Massachusetts Musical Society formed in Boston for improving the mode of performing sacred music.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
Music again, music in some other garb than we now sense it.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Music acts directly on the emotions, and it cannot be abused, for no excess in music is injurious.
"Speeches and Addresses of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales: 1863-1888" by Edward VII
Your musical clocks are meant for people like me, who like to hear music, but cannot make it.
"Edelweiss" by Berthold Auerbach
It seemed to me a stream of music into which I yearned to plunge, and drown and die.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
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In poetry:

Then let us sing the anthem
The angels once did sing;
Until the music of love and praise,
O'er whole wide world will ring.
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
We think of better worlds than this,
Of other beings pure as thou,
Who breathe, on winds of Paradise,
Music as thine is now.
"Music:To A Boy Of Four Years Old, On Hearing Him Play The Harp " by Fitz-Greene Halleck
Soft music breathes around, and dies
On the calm bosom of the sea;
Whilst in her cell the novice sighs
Her vespers to her rosary.
"The Venetian Gondolier" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I turn away from the river,
For its music is sad and strange;
It, too, has a whisper of sorrow,
And that whisper speaks of change.
"Lord Of The Air" by Alexander Anderson
Sweetly and tenderly they spoke,
And lingering round your little bed,
Their music pleaded till you woke,
And this is what their music said:
"Christmas Morning" by Eugene Field
The hollow, silent world, now thou art gone,
Like music of thy laughter vibrates on,
As silence after music; oh, so sweet
Thy name is now for absence to repeat.
"An Elegy" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Texas music fans tend to be, for the most part, unimpressed – or uninterested – with music that comes from outside the southwestern US, but there's a singer/songwriter from elsewhere that they should pay attention to.
Courtney Corbeille , a pro cheerleader currently making her Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical, takes Playbill.com readers behind the scenes into the high-energy world of the musical.
Courtney Corbeille , a professional cheerleader currently making her Broadway debut in Bring It On: The Musical, takes Playbill.com readers behind the scenes into the high-energy acrobatic world of the musical.
Corbis , the licensing agency known for its vast photo library, has plunged into the music licensing biz with Greenlight Music, which launches today.
Music was provided by SMT Music of Louisville, string quartet.
Heavy Temple Music Purple Bomber Trapped in the Valley / Temple Temple Music Vols.
Tijuana's Los Macuanos will forever be known as the inventors of the Ruidosón musical movement but be still, they are shifting gears from being a dance party band to a socially conscious musical machine.
Music / Post No Bills Pianist Jeremy Denk : a musician writing about music.
I posted a bit ago about the Free Music Archive and now I have more great news about free music.
View full size The Associated Press Rita Ora presents the award for best male video to Chris Brown for "Turn Up the Music" at the MTV Video Music Awards last week in Los Angeles.
Music Stories There is no Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
Iconic Swahili traditional music Taarab star, Bi Kidude, is one of many Tanzanian musicians whose music is recorded on the Radio Tanzania archives that are being preserved.
And come to think of it, let's hold on a cotton-fock-ing-picking minute here, stop the music, stop the music.
Paul McCartney "shocked" Rhapsody last week when the former Beatle pulled his music from the Seattle-based music subscription service on the same day he released his new album of standards, Kisses on the Bottom.
After years of running a subscription-based music shop, RealNetwork and MTV have completely retooled their service to pull music fans away from iTunes while letting them keep their iPods.
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In science:

R is the musical isomorphism in the “Riemannian” metric.
Spectrum Generating on Twistor Bundle
Sautoy, M., the Music of the Primes, Perennial (2004).
The Riemann Hypothesis
Correlations in music that exist within its waveform are studied.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
An attempt is made to investigate the origin of these correlations by randomizing each of the factors (frequencies, intensities and durations of notes of the random music files) separately.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
The attempt here is to look into the waveform of music using statistical and computational methods and try to investigate the correlations that exist in music.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Various studies have been done prior to this which analyze correlations in music.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Other attempts to computationally identify aspects of musicality have been made in the past.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Rhythm has been converted into more meaningful data sets by Su and Wu , and studies on clustering patterns of these data points have been done to understand the fractal nature of music [8, 9].
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Fractal dimension plots have also shown agreement with perception density of events during a piece of music .
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
The multifractal spectrum plot also seems to be a potential tool for computationally distinguishing various styles of music .
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Inspired by such studies that analyze correlations in recurrence time of large events, in the present manuscript the same idea has been applied to music. P.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
The organization of the paper is as follows: In Section II several time series of computer-generated music are analyzed.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Music files are then generated with the same combinations but now with 300 notes and with a different (panflute) tone.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
This is closer to a unit of meaningful musical expression.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
We analyze computer-generated violin and panflute music time series by varying three parameters, frequencies, intensities and durations.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
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