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Word of the Week--"music"
Definition--music (myzk) n. Abbr. mus. The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre. Vocal or instrumental sounds possessing a degree of melody, harmony, or rhythm. A musical composition. The written or printed score for such a composition. Such scores considered as a group: We keep our music in a stack near the piano. A musical accompaniment. A particular category or kind of music. An aesthetically pleasing or harmonious sound or combination of sounds: the music of the wind in the pines. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
Discussion--The term "music" can be traced back to a Greek word meaning "art of the Muses." (For those who haven't read much Greek mythology lately, the word "Muse" Click Here) Thus, the etymological roots of this word suggest that music is a divinely inspired art.

It is also perhaps one of the broadest subcategories under the still broader category of art. For modern peoples, the word music encompasses pieces by every artist from Johann Sebastian Bach to Tal Bachman, from Scott Joplin to Janis Joplin. Music has also served a multitude of purposes, everything from soothing the soul to inciting riots. Still, no mattter what kind we listen to or why we listen to it, music remains one of our society's greatest forms of expression.
 

Etymology--The term music comes from the Latin musica, which is derived from the Greek term mousike techne meaning "art of the Muses."


   Foreign Translations
German:  Noten (pl)
Dutch:  bladmuziek (de)
French:  musique (f)
Italian:  musica
Spanish:  musica

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