Melancholy: The Importance Of Music And Music

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Melancholy has taken its place in areas of art, for instance, in film and pictorial art, and particularly in music. Music and melancholy have a strong bond and it can be argued that as certain instruments may elicit melancholy, manners of singing and the changes in tempo can enhance the melancholic atmosphere. Lyrical content is not by any means left aside from this enhancement, as shown in this study. Melancholy has been a subject of interest since the early writings of the Greek physicians and philosophers, and it has been studied from various viewpoints such as in the field of psychology and philosophy. Melancholy derives from two Greek words, melas (black) and /{hole (bile) (Radden 2000: ix). Melancholy has been represented in literature and in other artworks with connections to physiological imbalances, astrological misfortune, failures of faith, or unmourned losses (Flatley 2008: 1). Melancholy moves somewhere amongst loss, longing, and despair, and has a strong connection to memory, time and nostalgia. According to Bowring (2008: 178), by connecting memory to life events and other recollections of moments, music can evoke melancholy with a sound of an instrument, or by the content of the lyrics (Bowring 2008: 178). Music has been considered as a cure for melancholy, but music can also relieve or maintain person’s bittersweet melancholic mood (Klibansky et al. 1979: 231). The aesthetic appeal of melancholy as well as its cathartic quality has been noted in the

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