It is exact, specific; and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor’s full score is a chart, a graph
which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony
all at once and with the most exact control of time.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into
fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Most of the terms are in Italian, German, or French; and the
notation is certainly not English—but a highly developed kind of shorthand that
used symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete
and universal language.
Music usually reflects the environments and times of its
creation, often the country and or racial feeling.
IS A PHYSICAL EDUCATION
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms,
lips, cheek, and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the
diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the
sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
IS ALL THESE THINGS, BUT MOST OF ALL MUSIC IS ART.
It allows a human being to take all these dry technically
boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one
thing that science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what