Music is a language: It concerns and uses the positing and dis-positing of sound to make a statement, or to create a dialogue. One such example is called “Call and Response,” which is a term used to describe a juxtaposition between two musical phrases. This type of musical structure, specifically, involves the usage of ‘questions and answers’ as they are referred to in theoretical music theory form (See resolution and dissonance).
Like all languages, music can have an array of tone and subject. However, music relies on a dimension of time in that one tone is inoperative with out a second to clarify it, whereas in spoken language, one word is often able to clarify itself. Here we can see an assumption that sound is an inferior form of communication. That notion, or assumption, is therefore that spoken language is considered more independent than music.
However, upon a second more general look, in small scale we have what is called a morpheme in language. An even smaller scale look would expose us to the single letter. If we were to draw our comparison from the smallest fragmented forms of most languages, we should conclude the following numerical equivalents:
1. The single note or tone is the equivalent of the single letter or smallest written fragment in a given language, or a letter.
2. The morpheme is the equivalent of at least two tones juxtaposed against each other simultaneous or consecutive.
3. The word is the equivalent of two or more juxtaposed sounds, whether simultaneous or consecutive.
4. The phrase is the equivalent of a three or more simultaneous sounds, with the limitation that they are not all played at the same time.
5. The sentence is the equivalent of at least two of #4 in this list.
6. The Intro, body, and conclusion are each the equivalent of at least one of #5, or the equivalent of a paragraph(s) in languages.
7. The composition is the equivalent of at least one of #6 and/or #5
Written By Tevo Howard