Why does BTS’s “Spring Day” sound like a tribute? : The DONG-A ILBO

There is the art of realism and the literature of realism – is the music of realism possible? A professor in the composition department at Seoul National University who wrote the book says that it is possible to embody realism with music even if it is invisible.

She mentioned BTS’s 2017 song “Spring Day” as an example. Its slowly repeating lyrical melody and fiery lyrics make the listener of the song feel a sense of mourning. BTS did not specify that the song is a tribute to the victims of the Sewol sinking. However, those who listen to the song recreates the incident that happened in real life in their own way. “Music embraces society,” says the author.

The author talks about the beauty and meaning of a number of songs, from classical to modern music. This is called the aesthetics of music, which is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of art, the beauty and taste of music. The author explains the unknown concept by giving examples ranging from classic songs, such as “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy and “Die Forelle” by Franz Schubert, to modern songs, such as “Tiger is Coming” by the group Leenalchi and ‘Spring Day’ by BTS.

Although the examples may be familiar, the book may seem a bit strange to its readers. In an age where people listen to music through mobile streaming services, philosophical thinking, such as “proper play creates musical meaning”, “music frees people’s minds” and “paintings make us feel good”. seeing what is invisible while music allows us to listen to what is inaudible. ”, Leads us to meditate on the music we listen to. Also interesting is Theodor W. Adorno, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and other well-known philosophers’ interpretation of the value of music.

She also talks about the future change in music and how it will evolve. It is an era where composers based on artificial intelligence emerge by rapidly absorbing musical theories accumulated by humans. The author says that artificial intelligence is only copying the techniques of human composition, but predicts that musical creation will enter a new phase once artificial intelligence is more widely used.

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