The Age Old Question Of The Academic Fine Arts Societies Essay

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In this discussion, I will be debating the age-old question of the academic fine arts societies: what is art? I will also go a step further and ask, what is music? To begin to answer these questions, we must go to the source of art and music: God. When we observe creation, we also begin to learn about our likeness to His image not just physically, but cognitively in our desire and ability to compose. I will then discuss why art exists, and how a work of art can be classified as such. As evidence of this, I will analyze various twentieth century pieces using our concluding definition.
Music as an Art form
What is art? In Elizabeth Elliot’s book Let Me be a Woman, she says that, “In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her,” to find out an objects purpose, we should inquire its maker, to learn about the purpose of art, we must go back to its beginning. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Gen 1:1-2) Beginning with nothing, the Lord created. “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…’” (Gen 1:26a).
Being created in God’s likeness, man was made to compose beautiful, “good” things that are pleasing (we cannot create because everything that has been created was created by God during the seven days of creation). The human race composes in different areas of the…

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