A Comparison of Chinese Music and Western Music that Reflects the Culture Difference Final Assignment of Liu Yunfei 9115080230
Music is the production and an essential component of human civilization. Music stems from culture and reflects different cultural spirit. Difference between diverse music came to existence as different civilizations and cultures develop themselves. People from different cultures have varied ways of composing or creating music. Chinese traditional music and Western music (Music that created by European and American composers) are two major part of music around the world and a great many people enjoy either of them. Therefore, it is feasible for us to make a comparison between Chinese and Western music to gain an understanding of difference between Eastern and Western cultures. Chinese traditional music is a kind of subjective art pattern because of the fact that it is a kind of expression of inner spirit and feelings that people or composers get under some certain circumstances. Its theory stems from Confucianism, which emphasis the harmony of rhythm and rhymes of sounds with the nature and the harmony of composers and the environment that they are put in. Moreover, Chinese traditional music is influenced by Buddhism, which pays more attention to the emotion and spirit that the music and art aesthetics express to the person who appreciate them. This goes the same with the traditional Chinese art theory, which attaches importance to the inner beauty and the artistic conception. According to the fundamental discipline and spirit of Chinese art, traditional Chinese music, to some extent, pays little attention to the formation of music. Instead, it adopts a kind of free structure and an open system that make the music sounds like the flow of water and emotion. However, Western music is more objective than Chinese traditional music. Western music is based on a precise and serious music system that emphasis the coordination of...
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