Broadly speaking, music is any artful or entertaining arrangement of sounds, deliberate or otherwise.
We can define "music" more formally as a series of organized sounds and silences temporal in nature, which those who know it can reproduce.
Most music also has some degree of rhythm, melody, and harmony.
Though the scales which arose in the world's various musical traditions are often quite different, the frequency of the notes in a given scale are usually related by some simple mathematical law. For instance, consider the math of Western music scales. The early music of Greek antiquity further developed the scales to the notion of modes, where each mode is the usual diatonic scale but with a different starting note. Modes would come back into favour some time later in the development of jazz.
Closely related to melody but a much newer development is harmony. Harmony is the sound made by two different notes played at once, whether on one instrument such as a guitar or piano or the intersection of two or more musical lines on distinct instruments, such as in a fugue.
For much of the history of western classical music the conventions and rules of harmony were strictly enforced, often by the controlling influence of the Church, whilst folk music and non-Western music also developed often widely different notions of harmony.
The following are music-related topics:
Musicology: definition of music -- Counter Point -- MusicalTheory
Conductors Nikolaus Harnoncourt -- Zubin Mehta -- Rafael Kubelik -- Trevor Pinnock -- Herbert von Karajan -- Eduardo Marturet -- Sir Charles Mackerras -- Neville Marriner -- Rudolf Kempe -- Christoph von Dohnayi -- Eduard van Beinum
Famous Orchestras (should that be included as a separate category?)
Miscellaneous: musical notation -- learning music by ear -- harmonic accompaniment -- melody -- dance music -- Mexican Corridos -- Music critics -- conservatory -- competitions for classical music -- Master class
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