Children who study music tend to have larger vocabularies and more advanced reading skills than their peers who do not participate in music lessons. But the problem cannot be resolved by such a choice, if only, first of all, because extramusical referents can vary in complexity from a mere descriptive title to the convolutions of the Wagnerian leitmotif , in which a particular musical phrase is consistently associated with a particular person, place, or thing.
The protean character of music that enables it to form such easy alliances with literature and drama (as in folk song, art song, opera, background” music) and with the dance (ritual, popular entertainment, social,” ballet ) appears to confirm the wide range and influence that the Greeks assigned to it.
Various types of stringed instruments and drums have been recovered from Harappa and Mohenjo Daro by excavations carried out by Sir Mortimer Wheeler 36 The Rigveda has elements of present Indian music, with a musical notation to denote the metre and the mode of chanting.
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The motive for operagoing or concertgoing often is the desire for social contacts and, in the case of expensive concerts and the higher-priced seats, the desire to be seen and to gain or maintain prestige, alongside the interest in the music and often ahead of it (in the case of the snob”).