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The Nature of Music The nature of music and the feelings which it evokes have always been discussed and debated throughout history. Many people simply enjoy listening to music, while others feel that it is a powerful experience. Even in ancient times during early music, there were differing opinions on the usage of music. Some people wanted music that was pleasing to the senses, while others wanted it more for religious purposes. On opposite sides of this debate were the religious scholars St. Basil and St. Augustine who lived in the 300s. In a letter from St. Basil he argues how emotional and powerful music can be, while in Confessions of St. Augustine , Augustine believes this too but thinks it can lead people astray. St. Basil’s letter is mainly commenting on the power and emotion that music can have on individuals. Positive religious music should be spread to help better people and help them keep focused. Basil uses the example of David curing King Saul’s madness “simply by playing his harp (Letter of St. Basil).” The power of music is also shown
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