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Music and the Power of Sound – Alain Daniélou – Book Review

Mfenech rated it it was amazing Jun 05, These potent plwer relationships offer a way for today’s musicians to transcend the limitations of musuc overly rationalistic musical system and fashion a synthesis with the metaphysical roots of the most eternal of arts. F ifth a n d O ctave According to circumstances, time, and the role attributed to music, theorists have compiled musical theories from the point of view of either expression or numbers.

T he seven series of fifths Description Music has always been esteemed for its power to speak directly to our higher consciousness, a power founded in the purity of simple harmonic ratios. Some correspondences of the first twelve lii SO 9. Here ends the description of notes.

Furthermore, the S b u canielou g and the Han shu admit of the seven notes from the earliest times: And we shall see that the Indians attribute to the modal degree almost exactly the same emotional and suggestive characteristics that Westerners attribute to the corresponding harmonic interval.

Like all reformers, they considered as normal the stage of development reached in their time by the art they pretended to explain and improve, and they would have been most astonished had they been able to realize that any music built according to the logic of their theories would have been of quite a different nature and would have had little resemblance to the art that they loved.

Their value as instruments of education, or means of influencing the masses, was therefore recognized, and their use regulated. T he srutis and their expressive qualities 86 According to Indian theory, this interpretation of the Pythagorean scale should be alwin for our times, as it corresponds to the current cosmic data.

This is why the problem did not arise in ancient music, as such instruments were always present in a musical performance.

Leonardo marked it as to-read Oct 08, On a purely intellectual basis, this ajd is a huge shock. W hat is said here of the fifth degree G Pafor example, also applies to the fifth as a polyphonic interval. Lindsey added it Sep 01, All modern musical systems are of this empirical and unstable kind, and their relative value can be measured only by comparing them with the permanent definitions of the m arga theory, which alone is based on absolute laws.


After these seven notes, the next five notes generated by the series of fifths are: This interpretation allows an intensification of expression and an increase in the beauty and accuracy of the form. The numbers that symbolize those relations form ratios that are generally simple and allow comparisons to be made, mudic instance, between musical harmony and the proportions of sacred architecture, the proportions of the human body, the relations of colors, the divisions of time, and so forth.

For our investigation, musical intervals appear under two aspects: T he means of expression differ but the possibilities seem equal. But according to the material used and the means employed to cause the vibration, certain harmonics may resound more strongly than others. Except for a few fundamental chords, which are also used in modal music as ornaments, all chord changes and modulations are made possible only by violating the fine distinctions in the structure of the intervals that are at the very root of modal expression.

This classification is somewhat artificial and has given rise to the most amusing mistakes in interpretation and to jusic most violent invectives, which are certainly not justified.

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The double octave was the range that was necessary in ancient Indian and Greek music, as it still is in Arab and Turkish music today, to define the mode. What the book is about summary A comprehensive history of musical scales in different cultures, their mathematical relationships and their effect on alajn consciousness of societies and their people.

Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. Michael Maier, the seventeenth-century hermeticist and physician, attempted to determine these relations: Each string of the lyre was related to a planet. There are two classifications of sounds because sounds have two aspects, a physical aspect and an intellectual one. Though it may seem to be a digression, it is necessary to give here a very short account of it.

There is no sound without a meaning, assert the Vedantists. It is because of this. The American system, which is more and more widely used, divides the tempered half tone into parts to give a unit known as the cent; the octave is thus divided into 1, cents.


Thus all the notes of the diatonic scale are successively considered as the first note, that is, as Sa C. T he T onic a n d th e Gramas The lowest note of the scale, which should be considered only as the auxiliary tonic, is the only tonic used in modern times. Sound being a quality of ether, we can visualize it only through its reaction upon other elements, such as air, for example, of which the sensible quality is touch.

Serj Stoney marked it as to-read Mar 17, Chinese musical theory is covered in depth as is the Modal music of India. And the history of Indian music, as that of Chinese music, is full of the legends of marvelous musicians whose voice could make night fall or spring appear, or who, like the celebrated musician Naik Gopal, compelled by the Emperor Akbar to sing in the mode of fire iraga Dipakmade the water of the river Jumna boil and died burned by the flames that issued from every part of his body.

Music, being the representation of the relationship between heaven and earth, must quite naturally have this configuration of a center or tonic gong surrounded by four notes assimilated to the four directions of space, the four perceptible elements, the four seasons, and so on. According to Gevaert, the enharmonic was obtained by dividing the half tones to obtain a modal scale of seven tones. Nov 15, Axel Shaw rated it it was amazing Shelves: Any one of these methods of construction resulted in a multitude of contrasting scales, each capable of expressing distinct emotional and spiritual states.

T he Lii The ancient Chinese did not make use of any scale other than that formed by the first five notes of the series of fifths, but they observed that if they wished to form a similar scale for transposition, starting from any note other than the fundamental, four additional notes were necessary. In this book, Alain Danielou traces the development of musical scales and tuning from their origins in both China and India, through their merging in ancient His numerous books, the product of a career spanning six decades, include: