Life, Love, and Music

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Musicians and singers [performers]
Great is the distance
The latter performs, the former understands
What music is made of

Musicians and singers [performers]

Great is the distance

The latter performs, the former understands

What music is made of

The great Roman philosopher Boethius often spoke about the importance of music, not only in education but also within the universe and the human body.  According to Boethius, there are three types of music: musica mundana (music of the universe), musica humana (music of human being), and musica instrumentalis (instrumental music).  Musica mundana referred to the order of the universe, such as movement of the stars and planets, changing of the seasons, and natural elements.  We often like to speak of things working “in harmony”; this is exactly what Boethius was talking about.  All things in nature are created to work together.  Similarly, musica humana refers to the harmonization of body and soul.  Everything works in an orderly way to keep the body and mind sound.  Upsetting this harmony causes sickness, injury, etc.  Musica instrumentalis was the only type of audible music Boethius spoke of.  It also uses the same principles of order to produce sound through instruments and voices.  
If one has order and harmony in one’s life, health and happiness will follow.  Do not upset the harmony.  Take time to breathe.  Clear your mind.  Enrich your soul with music.  With harmony, all things remain as they should be.

The great Roman philosopher Boethius often spoke about the importance of music, not only in education but also within the universe and the human body.  According to Boethius, there are three types of music: musica mundana (music of the universe), musica humana (music of human being), and musica instrumentalis (instrumental music).  Musica mundana referred to the order of the universe, such as movement of the stars and planets, changing of the seasons, and natural elements.  We often like to speak of things working “in harmony”; this is exactly what Boethius was talking about.  All things in nature are created to work together.  Similarly, musica humana refers to the harmonization of body and soul.  Everything works in an orderly way to keep the body and mind sound.  Upsetting this harmony causes sickness, injury, etc.  Musica instrumentalis was the only type of audible music Boethius spoke of.  It also uses the same principles of order to produce sound through instruments and voices.  

If one has order and harmony in one’s life, health and happiness will follow.  Do not upset the harmony.  Take time to breathe.  Clear your mind.  Enrich your soul with music.  With harmony, all things remain as they should be.

An excerpt from my music history textbook (next time you use sheet music or a manuscript, think of these guys!):
"The preservation of the Roman liturgy and the repertory of Gregorian chant in manuscripts— books laboriously written and copied by hand— was one of the greatest accomplishments of the monastic communities of the Middle Ages.
"Manuscript production was a routine part of monastic life. Places within the monastery were set aside as writing workshops, or scriptoria. The word scriptorium also refers to the entire group of monks who were engaged in producing a manuscript, from the novices who prepared the ink and parchment or drew lines on which music was then notated, to the skilled workers who put the finishing touches on the book’s covers. The bookmaking process extended beyond the scriptorium to the monks who toiled outside the monastery. An entire flock of sheep was needed to provide the parchment for a single book; and wild game such as deer and boar were hunted to furnish the leather used for binding the volumes…
"Trainees first had to learn how to make the letters and notes conform exactly to the style of writing that was in use at the time; there was no room for individuality."
-A History of Western Music

An excerpt from my music history textbook (next time you use sheet music or a manuscript, think of these guys!):

"The preservation of the Roman liturgy and the repertory of Gregorian chant in manuscripts— books laboriously written and copied by hand— was one of the greatest accomplishments of the monastic communities of the Middle Ages.

"Manuscript production was a routine part of monastic life. Places within the monastery were set aside as writing workshops, or scriptoria. The word scriptorium also refers to the entire group of monks who were engaged in producing a manuscript, from the novices who prepared the ink and parchment or drew lines on which music was then notated, to the skilled workers who put the finishing touches on the book’s covers. The bookmaking process extended beyond the scriptorium to the monks who toiled outside the monastery. An entire flock of sheep was needed to provide the parchment for a single book; and wild game such as deer and boar were hunted to furnish the leather used for binding the volumes…

"Trainees first had to learn how to make the letters and notes conform exactly to the style of writing that was in use at the time; there was no room for individuality."

-A History of Western Music

"Unless sounds are remembered by man, they perish, for they cannot be written down."
-Saint Isidoro, Archbishop of Seville 600-636 AD, speaking of the lost language of Greek musical notation

"Unless sounds are remembered by man, they perish, for they cannot be written down."

-Saint Isidoro, Archbishop of Seville 600-636 AD, speaking of the lost language of Greek musical notation

Freddie Hendrix Septet at the Montclair Jazz Festival 🎶🎺

"Music happens to be an art form that transcends language."
-Herbie Hancock

Hey everyone! I uploaded my cover of “Stay” to StageScout this past week, and I was chosen as one of the three nominees for Performer of the Week!! I’d really, really appreciate it if you could vote for me at: http://stagescout.com/contests/Thank you!!!

Hey everyone! I uploaded my cover of “Stay” to StageScout this past week, and I was chosen as one of the three nominees for Performer of the Week!! I’d really, really appreciate it if you could vote for me at: http://stagescout.com/contests/

Thank you!!!