Keywords: play, play logic, actional and communicative nature of the play, theatricality, musical and stage genres


The article analyzes the main approaches to the study of the phenomenon of play, highlighting the key research positions on the way to identify the essence of this phenomenon. In most studies, the phenomenon of play is considered as a cultural universal and the main source of human cultural activity. In this regard, the main aim of this article is to consider the phenomenon of play as a necessary component of musical art, highlighting the importance of play logic in musical and stage genres. Consequently, the triad of the concepts of play – composition – motor ability, forms a single conceptual field, which contributes to the identification of the features of the ways of formation of music. Moreover, in this triad, it is the third component – motor ability – that appears as the first manifestation of the play purpose of the artistic form, which in turn is a manifestation of the inner drama and psychological subtext of the composition, which correlates it with stage and theatrical action, the phenomenon of theatricality, which acquires special relevance in musical art in general, and opera forms in particular.


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Shaobo, H. (2021). THE PHENOMENON OF PLAY IN THE CONTEXT OF THEATRICAL AND STAGE ART: TO THE PROBLEM OF UNDERSTANDING. Scientific Journal of Polonia University, 46(3), 111-116.