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A Short and Simple Video of Victoria Tang in Less than 4 Minutes Despite the Long Title.

My voice does not sound like this in person. I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing…

And although I said that this was my most powerful experience with art, it wasn’t. I have had so many experiences that I can no longer choose. Or it could just be that I am indecisive by nature. Or that I always want to choose more than I am supposed to choose. Oh art, how I love thee!


1 Joseph Ugoretz { 09.05.11 at 3:21 pm }

It could be that music is the more direct path to the emotional response. And yet…Victoria, you want to major in art history, which is usually (or only) about visual art. One of the things we will want to talk about is how different types of art forms work on us (or work for us) in different ways.

2 victoriatang { 09.05.11 at 4:38 pm }

I agree with you. I believe that music is the more direct path to the emotional response. I want to study art history, as opposed to music, because, although I love music, I love it on a recreational scale. Art history, however, is something I would like to pursue professionally. Why? I cannot quite explain. I guess I never gave much thought to this before. I will have to do more thinking. (I love music and visual art equally though.)

3 jonathanb445 { 09.08.11 at 3:40 am }

Hi Victoria. I really liked the way you explained the way music affects you that not only does it convey feeling for the present but it can also be a reflection of the past. This special attribute of music is what makes it so flexible and widely accepted (everyone likes some sort of music). Your experience with music in the performing arts is a perfect example of how music’s place in art goes without saying.

4 joeykabariti { 09.08.11 at 4:00 pm }


I can really relate to what you’re saying. I haven’t actually seen a play (although I do plan on seeing one eventually), but I know how music can convey emotions very well. I explained in my video that the tunes we use during prayers (mainly the cantor) will convey how we feel. During the days that we fast (there are six main ones), we use tunes that are sad and depressing to invoke feelings of sadness and pain. During the holidays, we use tunes that are joyful, lively, and powerful to convey our love of G-d and our love for the holiday. On Saturday, the tunes depend on the weekly reading of the bible, and which story is being read (the Jews sinned, sad tunes. Exodus of the Jews, happy tune). These tunes affect us so deeply that on the High Holidays, Rosh Hashana (New Year’s) and Yom Kippur (day of judgement), the cantor cries throughout some of the prayers, and some members of the congregation will as well (myself included). We feel what we are supposed to feel because of the tunes. It is truly an amazing sight.

Joey Kabariti

5 Emibee Wong <3 { 09.11.11 at 6:15 am }

Hey Victoria, I can’t believe we’re finally together again since junior high school! Who ever knew we would both end up in the Macaulay Honors program at Brooklyn College?
Well, your video made me reminisce those days when we studied Les Miserables in class! I may not have chosen that as my most powerful experience with art, but the fact that our music class focused on that production made me see music theater in a new perspective. Not only does music bring out emotions, but it also brings out the historical significance that the music is referring to. Since the musical numbers from Les Mis are so popular, I still make connections to history whenever I hear them performed. I think about the suffer that of Jean Valjean as a running criminal who is trying to start his life anew, Fantine as a whore doing what she can for her child, and the student rebellion for a revolution during times are great turmoil in France. The art in music is music’s ability to speak to us on all different levels.

6 Emibee Wong <3 { 09.11.11 at 6:17 am }

(Typo: …during times -of- grew turmoil…)

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