Heinrich Koch, a composer and theorist from the 1700’s, wrote that he taught students to write music similar to writing sentences. You begin with a subject and a predicate to construct the sentence. Then, you group the sentences to form a paragraph. Just as you are able to write descriptive sentences and create a story, art is a language without words.
Remember the songs you listened to in high school? And now you hear them on the oldies station, depending how long ago that was for you. It stirs up some sort of emotion that is usually undergirded with a story. What about the photographic images of a shuttle launch, or even the apollo lunar rover? You can hear the voices of the astronauts in your mind, yet there is no sound from the image. Dance of all genres is an expressive language. The dancing wilis from the ballet Giselle articulate a powerful message, especially men, with a language constructed of music and choreography.
Art has the ability to communicate without words, yet speak with great description to tell an amazing story.
Apollo 17, Astronaut Eugene Cernan