music, society, Ancient World
“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.” ― Confucius
“What music do you listen to?” Would this be a valid question to ask a presidential candidate or person looking for a high political office today? If mankind had followed the advice of Confucius, many disastrous episodes in history might have been prevented.
Music is one of the most wonderful achievements of mankind. As far back in history as we know, music has been part of man’s life. Whether it is to summon the villagers and celebrate a local deity, march to battle accompanied by the thunder of drums, or sit in an elegant salon and listen to the latest rising music star, music has played and is playing a vital role in our daily lives.
"Is Music the Barometer of Society? Exploring How Music Mirrored Society from the Ancient World, China to Central Europe in the 21st Century,"
Comparative Civilizations Review: Vol. 86:
86, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/ccr/vol86/iss86/5