Riga, Latvia

Instrumental Music

Language: EnglishStudies in English
Subject area: arts
Duration:4 years (full-time) Fees:3500 - 6000 EUR per year
University website: www.jvlma.lv/en
An instrumental is a musical composition or recording without lyrics, or singing, although it might include some inarticulate vocals, such as shouted backup vocals in a Big Band setting. The word "song" is widely misused by people in the popular music industry to describe any musical composition, whether sung or played only by instruments."The music is primarily or exclusively produced by musical instruments. An instrumental can exist in music notation, after it is written by a composer; in the mind of the composer (especially in cases where the composer himself will perform the piece, as in the case of a blues solo guitarist or a folk music fiddle player); as a piece that is performed live by a single instrumentalist or a musical ensemble, which could range in size from a duo or trio to a large Big Band, concert band or orchestra.
Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the "color" of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements. Music is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to rapping; there are solely instrumental pieces, solely vocal pieces (such as songs without instrumental accompaniment) and pieces that combine singing and instruments. The word derives from Greek μουσική (mousike; "art of the Muses"). See glossary of musical terminology.
It was music, more than anything else, that led the Pythagoreans to believe that the universe is a harmonious place governed by numbers.
Ian Stewart, Another Fine Math You’ve Got Me Into (1992) p. 236
The silent organ loudest chants
The master's requiem.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dirge.
Who shall silence all the airs and madrigals that whisper softness in chambers?
John Milton, Areopagitica (1644).
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