What Makes Music Universal

In the midst of the arguments for and against the universality of music – covering the “widespread claim that all music could be reduced to pitches and intervals established by universal principles of math” – Patrick Savage argues it is both universal and unique. Some elements of music are more common than others, such as “two-beat subdivisions”, and while some themes are universal (such as birth and death), the meaning that a piece has is unique to an individual and is shaped by their culture and experiences.
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