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Elements of Music

2 3 What Is MusIc and all that jazz Music is ... a mothers lullaby. It gives sound to our feelings when we have no voice, words when we are silent. In it we praise, love, hope, and remember. The breath of the soul, the contours of the path of a hummingbird in flight, and the wind that carries it, music shapes and shivers into endless colours, nuanced and diverse, and eternally creative. It is Spirit taking form. Music is carried by the vibrations of molecules of air, like waves upon an ocean. It perhaps uniquely captures and conveys the interior landscape of one human mind to another, holding our tears and sweat, pain and pleasure, packaged as paeans and preludes and etudes and nocturnes. It is the texturization of the deliquescence of time, the ebb and flow of mood and meaning. It ruminates, vacillates, contemplates, and stimulates. In music we organise and fantasize, arranging the elements of musicmelody, rhythm, and harmonyinto meaningful shapes and patterns. Its rhythms move our hands, feet and bodies to the pulses of the universe. Its harmonies breathe with the exploratory intricacies and curiosities of relationship and proportion, consonance, dissonance, assonance, and resonance. Its melodies flitter into flights of fancy, weaving woe and wonder. When music is married to language, then what is spoken becomes song, elevating the intentions and entreating us to listen more deeply, making the profane sacred. Music soothes the soul, and the savage beast. Orpheus mystifies creatures and trees, changing the course of rivers, outplaying the Sirens song with his lyre. Radha and Krishna play the flute and dance jubilantly. Temple Of Music by Robert Fludd 15741637. At lower left Pythagoras discovers that the ratios of hammer weights correspond to the octave, fifth, and fourth. On the wall lower right the basic rhythms are notated along a bass staff. Above these are the three kinds of hexachords, the sixnote scales of medieval music. To the left of this is the lambda, a matrix of note relationships and ratios going back to Plato. The upper diagonal portion of that region is a diagram of intervallic distances between pitches in the scale. Running vertically further left is the monochord. Above the diagonal matrices is an actual composition putting all these practices into a musical structure.
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