The tendency to elevate music to the status of a model for another art is not specific to film and has a very long history. Although the notion of music as the greatest art to which all other arts aspire has often been regarded as distinctly Romantic, music has always held a rather special place in the history of human culture. Abstract, perishable and yet extremely powerful, music has had all sorts of attributes and meanings ascribed to it. Its elusiveness has allowed music to become a Rorschach test of human civilization onto which artists, writers and scientists have projected the most current and daring ideas of their times, including an explanation of the universe1 and the idea of music as a measure of all other arts.
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- Music as Model and Metaphor
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