Saturday morning quotes 3.7: Sacred not scary

Un cuvînt de la Boethius despre muzică
“Thus it follows that, since there are four mathematical disciplines, the others [Arithmetic, Geometry, Astronomy] are concerned with the investigations of truth,whereas Music is related not only to speculation but to morality as well. For nothing is more consistent with human nature than to be soothed by sweet modes and disturbed by their opposites…Thus we can begin to understand the apt doctrine of Plato which holds that the soul of the universe is united by a musical concord. For when we compare that which is coherently and harmoniously joined together within our own being with that which is coherently and harmoniously joined together in sound–that is, that which gives us pleasure–so we come to recognize that we are ourselves united according to this same principle of similarity.”

– Boethius, De institutione musica, 5th century

Unquiet Thoughts

MelozzoDaForliIn the Renaissance, sacred music was the discipline in which the very best composers plied their elevated trade.  A vehicle for sometimes intense spiritual inspiration – as well as financial sustainability – the sheer volume of sacred music composed in the 16th century eclipsed all other areas of repertory, and some of the more enduring composers including Tomás Luis de Victoria left behind no secular music at all.

It turns out that, early on, music was recognized as the thread that connects us with the idea of a higher power, and all music that was worth notating was sacred music.

„Thus it follows that, since there are four mathematical disciplines, the others [Arithmetic, Geometry,  Astronomy] are concerned with the investigations of truth,whereas Music is related not only to speculation but to morality as well.  For nothing is more consistent with human nature than to be soothed by sweet modes and disturbed…

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