Provide a 6 pages analysis while answering the following question: Music of the World. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. In an attempt to understand the universal nature of music, one would ask the validity of music as a universal language. This paper will thus attempt to analyze music in respect to an international platform with a categorical focus on the Chilean new song movement as a discussion point to substantiate the notion of music being a universal language. This will equally be assessed through a comparison of the two-music kind to understand the position of music as a universal language
In the nineteenth century, an American poet (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) stated that music is a universal language for humankind, a notion that has been widely accepted by most people globally. Invalidating the claim of music to be a universal language, researches were conducted by the Canadian universities of McGill and the University of Montreal in collaboration with scientists from Technische Universität Berlin. According to the research, some music compositions were played to the pygmies in the rainforest of Congo, is among the most remote and isolated people in the world, and their reactions to the tunes recorded. The results of these recordings were thus compared to those of the Montreal residents who were exposed to the same melody. The research found that the music caused similar feelings and emissions among different people of the world irrespective of the language used in the song (Patel, 2003).
Other scholars in support of the idea that music is a universal language have pointed to the earliest days of man’s development as a proof of music being a universal language. According to anthropological studies, music was the mode of communication of the early men. thus, the language was the same for all races and groupings of men. .