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How Humanities Differ From Other Modes of Human Inquiry

1 - Please describe a cultural event you experienced (musical, dance, theater, art, literature, etc.) of your choice, and your reaction to the event. Explain how the event was an expression of what you know about the Humanities, Art, Style, Genius, and Culture of the time period it represents.

2 - How are the humanities distinguished from other modes of human inquiry and expression?

3 - How does the selected form of cultural expression compare with other forms you know about from the same time period?

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1. An example of a cultural event that I experienced was a performance of Handel's Messiah. In fact, I was the conductor. I had worked with a community orchestra and choral group to put on this concert a few years ago. Truly, it was a remarkable experience in many ways, not only for the thrill of conducting such an inspiring oratorio, but for the content and meaning of the piece of music.

Handel's oratorio "Messiah" comes from the late baroque period. The baroque period extended from 1600 to 1750. In fact, the Messiah was composed in 1741 and performed for the first time in 1742. Some might even consider it to have been an early form of "classical" music -- although I'd disagree. The baroque period was typified by elaborate music and art. Generally the music of the period was full of confidence and somewhat complicated. "Intricate" is another word often used to describe the art of the baroque period. "Ornamental" might be another. And definitely, Handel's Messiah is filled with many musical ornaments and is highly intricate -- although very pleasing to the ear.

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This solution contains a detailed description of a very special and specific cultural event that I participated in relating to the Baroque musical period. As a scientist and a musician, I am uniquely qualified to address the differences between the humanities and the sciences. In this solution, I share some of my vision and understanding with you. I have included one link to other source material that you may find helpful in the context of this solution.