Thursday, January 15, 2009

Romance ‘N’ Rhythm

Since time immemorial, the romantic festival of mayday or the first of may has been an occasion of great joy around the world. With roots in Bacchanalian revelry and Fertility rites. It vividly enacts the marriage of spring and summer.

Traditionally, on this day, young people would go to the woods to gather greenery and make merry. This could be followed by the choosing of the May Queen.

All ceremonies concluded with dancing around the Maypole, Which was hung with multicolored ribbons. And as the revelers, often dressed as Robin Hood and his Maid Marian, danced to lilting music, the ribbons they held were woven into beautiful, intricate patterns with every step they took.

Sweet Notes

“Sure there is music even in the beauty and the silent note which cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. Far there is an music wherever there is harmony, order or proportion, and thus far we May maintain the music of the spheres; for those well ordered motion, and regular paces though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony”

“Religio Medici”- Sir Thomas Brown

“O fair! O Sweet!

When I do look on thee,

In whom all joys so well agree,

Heart and soul do sing in me,

Just accord all music make”.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

The Great Music

The western Africa music flows freely with lone performers on drums,flutes,harps and percussion instruments producing a valiant orchestra where each know intuitively has to mix his won music with enter symphony. This is accompanied by dazzlingly rhythmic dancing and the music com goes on for days till the musicians are totally exhausted.

The jungles of Bali reverberate to yet another king of music that of traditional percussion-based ‘gamelan’ orchestras, the legacy of a warrior culture, which flourish in every village. The outcome is a melodious cacophony which follows its own intricate rhythms. An essential part of ceremonies and rituals, it permeates the life of the people.

Musical occasions marked the high notes in Greek life. Choral songs with dance were held honoring Apollo, the ‘Parthenon’ held for the young women of Sparta and songs performed during the great Greek dramas.

The music of synagogues and the sen tic tradition of antiphonal hymn singing developed into early church music The new church adopted the practice of singing to make it easy for people to learn their religious lesion an the ‘Chansons’ collected bye Pope Gregory become the foundation. Stone of classical music. Great music has always sprung from the sip lest origins. A rural Spanish dance step was immortalized bye Bach in the ‘passacaglia’ while another dance; the waltz gave rise to some of the finest operatic work.

Acknowledging the role of melody in inspiring and giving joy, poets, novelists, painters, sculptors have all paid their tributes to music. “Had we lived in same rude or remote part of the world and should have been hold that it is possible to make sweet and melodious a noise, we should have thought it utterly incredible, yet now there we see and heart ordinarily done, we make it wonder.

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