Music has always been esteemed for its power to speak directly to our higher consciousness. Alain Danielou traces the development of musical scales and. 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. Music and the Power of Sound by Alain Danielou, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Music and the Power of Sound

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Lists with This Book. Here, it seemed to me, was someone who was answering with clarity and precision many of the questions that had been preoccupying me concerning the nature of music and its power to evoke in us feelings and images. The result is the consonance s’timpbonia of intervals or their accord.

Furthermore, the S b u jin g and the Han shu admit of the seven notes from the earliest times: T he N ine Svaras T he Indians consider the scale as made of seven principal notes, or svaras, connected with the seven main planets, and two secondary notes, corresponding to the nodes of the moon.

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These four digrams, applied to manifested forms, can be compared to the three fundamental qualities or gunas of Indian philosophy, which condition the whole of existence. Such a sound, of course, may not be audible to our rudimentary ears, but it does exist as pure sound. Many imagine that it would be best to combine both systems, as has often been attempted. Billy marked it as to-read Apr 14, Just as two and two make kusic in the East as well as in the West, the fundamental laws of music apply at all times and for all peoples.


That is why the power of suggestion of modes and ragas is so much stronger than that of other musical forms, in which the mood is always changing. Therefore, to realize all results, seen and unseen, w e shall define grama [scale] first.

Therefore, the same P auravi and Uttardyata begin for us with a B Ni. The day, of which the sun is the luminary 2. W e can get only a very faint idea of what ancient Greek music really was from the prejudiced explanations of theorists.

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Musical intervals and scales. Differences exist only on paper and are due in the main to the ignorance of most musicians about the exact nature of the intervals they actually use. Let us note here that the most striking difference between the system of fifths and that of harmonic relations to a tonic resides in the perfect fourth, which is an essential interval in the scale of proportions. The heart is not in the center of the chest, the axis of the earth is oblique, and the solar year does not coincide with the lunar year thus creating the cycles by which all existence is conditioned and human destinies measured.

The division of the tone into several intervals is necessary for accurate playing, and although it is easy for a well-trained ear to discern whether an interval is accurate, it is extremely difficult if not impossible to find out, without special instruments, in what proportion an interval is bigger or smaller than another. The huang zhong [I, C, Sa], is assigned to the emperor, prince among men and image of heaven, the nan lii [IV, A, Dha], to the empress.

Indians do not approve of such a lack of sensitivity; ragas of the night should be played at night, and those of the dawn at dawn. Therefore, in judging the possibilities and the value of musical systems, we should not trust the prejudiced judgment of our ears, but consider in their most abstract form their theoretical possibilities.


The Ndrada-sikshd gives the Vedic scale descending as corresponding in classical Sanskrit notation to: Ignorance of these small artifices of calculation leads to endless classifications of intervals lacking all basis in reality.

Mfenech rated it it was amazing Jun 05, This only proves that they have that absolute faith in the path they follow without which no realization is possible. Starting from the mesa the three other fixed sounds were obtained: Based on unchanging laws of number and proportion, music also embodies the fundamental metaphysical principles underlying everyday reality. The fact that in tempered tuning systems two notes may be represented by one in no way implies that they are really identical.

Music and the Power of Sound : The Influence of Tuning and Interval on Consciousness

If we compare the numbers of these progressions two by two, we find six intervals and twelve relations: Thf its approach is difficult; no systematic study of it has been made in any modern language, and we cannot begin this enormous undertaking here. This is why, in ancient Greek music, transposing a melody one octave higher changes its character, while a transposition of two octaves will bring back the same feeling.

There are three main divisions of the day: The harmonics of C Sa 28 5.

In reality, a careful study will show that in practice every mode has an enharmonic structure.

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