1 - Music is a mode of human expression that reflects the genius of mankind. It is an ever-changing art form that has found its place among the serious as well as comic. For some it conforms to certain rules and for others it is free of form. It can be intellectual and at the same time uniquely simple and entertaining.
Always eliciting emotions from its audience, music is not simply a form of communication; it is a medium of persuasion. It has the power to transform a dull and boring religious ceremony into a sublime and pious experience, or transmute a mediocre play into an eccentric world full of entertaining characters. Music is able to evoke feelings because it allows the viewer to suspend reality and become absorbed in its plot.
Every musical composition tells a story. The synthesis of a work reflects the human condition and provides listeners with a window through which to view its composer. At times, music serves to enhance the written the word and, in the absence of written expression, communicates on its own. Music is the creation of culture, emotions, feelings, and surroundings that reflect the human condition as well as the condition of its creator.
2 - My favorite composer from class is Anton Dvorak because of his hard work and devotion to the musical craft that earned him his success. Coming from an environment of farmers and minor tradesmen, his way to the top was difficult. After he received his musical education, Dvorak was forced to play the viola for eleven years, give music lessons, and become the organist at St. Adalbert Church in Prague to make enough money to support his family. Clearly his devotion to music was strong, but Dvorak was out to prove something. He wanted to demonstrate to the world that the Czech nation could also have great artists (Anton Dvorak: Complete Works).
After Brahms recognized Dvorak and had his work published, the Czech composer became famous. However, D...