As the definition of popular music changes over time as public tastes change, defining art music may be difficult. Many musical traditions that are considered art music today were popular music styles of the past. In centuries to come, some types of popular music may fall out of favor and become classified as art music. And like Confucius he was anxious to regulate the use of particular modes (i.e., arrangements of notes, like scales) because of their supposed effects on people. Plato was a stern musical disciplinarian; he saw a correspondence between the character of a person and the music that represented him or her. In the Laws, Plato declared that rhythmic and melodic complexities were to be avoided because they led to depression and disorder.
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