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Топик The Role of Music

Here is another science-fiction projection on the role of music. The world changed after some natural disaster and the earth became covered by thick fog. Conditions of life changed.

Art, too, changed. The art of objects was gone. Books wouldn’t last; and so the memory increased enormously, and men carried their libraries in their heads – a cheaper way and much more convenient. As a result, academic accuracy, the continual quoting of authorities, disappeared.

A new epic age resulted. Men in the dusk composed, jointly developed great epics, sagas, and choruses, which grew like trees, generation after generation. And, as bardic poetry returned, it united again with its brother, music. Wood-winds and strings were ruined by the damp. But stone instruments like those used by the dawn cultures, returned – giving beautiful pure notes. Just as the Arabs had had no plastic art, but instead a wonderful art of singing verse, so the creative power of men swung from eye to ear.

Men could hear for miles: their ears grew as keen as a dog’s. they appreciated intervals of sound which to the old men of the open air would have gone unnoticed. Men lived largely for music and they felt they had made a good exchange when they looked at the last shreds of pictorial art.
(after H.F.Heard)

Список слов к топику The Role of Music

projection – выпуск, проект
disaster – бедствие, внезапное большое несчастье
accuracy – точность, правильность, пунктуальность
to disappear – исчезать
generation – поколение
verse – стих, строфа
to appreciate – оценивать
shred – кусок, клочок
pictorial art – живопись

 

 



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