Music Is Liquid Architecture; Architecture Is Frozen Music

Music is liquid architecture; architecture is frozen music’, said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Goethe was a poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and amateur artist, considered the greatest German literary figure of the modern era.

This quote with many interpretations, most directly reflects the predominant style of Goethe’s time: Baroque architecture and its graceful, flowing contours that seem to solidify all that is intangible.

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Here we can state that the fundamental characteristic of Baroque art is dynamism (a sense of motion). Strong curves, rich decoration, and general complexity are all typical features of Baroque art. Baroque architecture is distinguished primarily by richly sculpted surfaces. Whereas Renaissance architects preferred planar classicism (flat surfaces veneered in classical elements), Baroque architects freely moulded surfaces to achieve three-dimensional sculpted classicism.

It has been said that both musicians and architects have the power to completely create or alter an atmosphere for its users. If noticed carefully, one can divine that Music and architecture have many things in common. Some of  these common characteristics are rhythm, harmony, proportion, and dynamics.

Rhythm and architecture are similar in many ways.  Rhythm has much to do with pattern.  Patterns can be found in both music, through beat and repetition, and can also be found in shapes or structural elements in architecture.

Architecture and music also have harmony in common.  Harmony can be from balance in a musical work or it can also be through a balance of a part to a whole.  Architecture can show harmony through the successful use of different materials or designs in a space together to become one unified space.

Time and again it has been agreed upon that Architecture and Music have much in common both creating harmony and rhythm in our lives.

So dear aspiring architects, do sharpen your creative skills and get geared to work in the most creative field of study, Architecture and get swayed by rhythm and harmony in bliss.

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