Music plays a big role in our life. We can hear music everywhere: in the streets, in the shops, on TV, over the radio, in the cars, in the parks, everywhere. Calm music helps us to relax and chill out after some activities. On the contrary, fast music is aimed at giving us additional energy, take away depression.
Britain has rich musical traditions. Many famous composers and singers were born and performed in Britain. The most talented and famous composers of contemporary life are John Lennon and Paul McCartny — the founders of the legendary group «The Beatles», whose music still influences new generations. Musical activity in Britain has reached in 20th century its highest level since. The musical public has grown steadily larger, and can support nightly concerts at London's two great concert halls, The Royal Festival Hall and The Royal Albert Hall, as well as a number of smaller halls. In London The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, maintains a high standard and draws large audiences. Ballet, on the other hand, has become increasingly popular, and The Royal Ballet (the company at Covent Garden) has established a high reputation, and has been ranked by experts among the best ballet companies in the world.
Almost all American composers of note belong to the 20th century, and include such names as Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Roger Sessions and Virgil Thomson, Edward Varese and John Cage have gained fame as experimental composers. It is through the development of popular music in the 20th century that the USA has dominated the western world. Jazz, influenced the development of both dance music and popular songs in the 1930s and 1940s. The musical has also made an important contribution to popular music. more recently Andrew Lloyd Webber in Britain, have made the musical into one of the most important forms of popular music.
As to me I’ve always been fond of various styles of music. Actually I’m neither a fan of any
group or singer, nor of any particular style. I listen to everything that sounds nice to me.
On the whole I think music is a wonderful invention of human’s mind though we shouldn’t carry to excess. Sometimes it’s useful just to listen to the silence.
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