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Music as a Mirror Music, the abstract and sublime art, is capable of transmitting an unbelievable amount of expressive, historical, allegorical, metaphorical, metaphysical, and even philosophical information to us as long as we pay close attention. Music, as a universal and nonverbal language, allows us to tap into the social, cultural, and aesthetic traditions of different times and places. By doing so, we become more aware of our shared humanity and the wisdom of others. It allows us to transcend our own world, and partake in completely different realities. Music can be seen as a mirror, especially within Western (Eurocentric) music, where the last 1000 years has been marked by almost constant stylistic change. This can be a result of the developing concept of the composer, someone whose ego shapes the content of his or her music. As we move through time, we are witness to a constant re-evaluation of just what should be expressed in music. By comparing two distinct pieces of Music, we can see how their vastly different musical styles mirror the vastly different historical eras they represent. The rate of stylistic change in Western music has increased as the rate of change in Western society has increased (Greenberg, L1).
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