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As Rene Guenon explains: Michael Maier, the seventeenth-century hermeticist and physician, attempted to determine these relations: 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.

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Daniel marked it as to-read Sep 24, This is a very comprehensive study of the history of musical systems, how they came about and how they are structured. We therefore believe, until better information is obtained, that the Hellenic tonal system had its origin in India or perhaps in China; the Greek instruments were all of Asian origin, and we admit, poer Fetis, that in music nothing belongs to the Greeks that cannot be found in the Orient in or of superiority that leaves them far behind.

But if, instead of starting from C Sawe had begun one fifth below, that is to say, from F Mawe would have obtained this essential note without changing anything in our scale, except that, since we begin with a masculine interval instead of a feminine interval, the character of the whole system is modified.

Sangita Ratndkara M ea su rem en t o f Skund n terv a ls To be in a position to study different musical systems, we must first look at the methods of measuring musical intervals and decide which method we shall use.

The modem approach renders every observation confusing and will never allow the establishment of a logical theory of sounds in accordance with musical reality.

Correspondences of the degrees of the scale 52 Megan marked it as to-read Jul 04, Considering only the first sixteen harmonics, we thus obtain a scale of eight tones formed of the following intervals: Often we can get better data about technique and musical expression from the criticisms made of musicians than from the explanations of theorists, for these criticisms allow comparisons to be made with modal systems still in existence today.


Inverted, it also represents the length ratio of pipes or strings used to produce the notes.

Joe added it Oct 05, This is why most of the m arga definitions are kept in the ritual that regulates the singing of Samaveda. T he P erio d s o f th e D a y Much importance is attached in Indian music to the connection between ragas and the periods of the day.

Six of these units form one ghatikd of twenty-four minutes, of which there are sixty in twenty-four hours. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

If the five degrees are all disturbed, then there is danger: A singer is always liable to sing out of tune and to produce unknowingly intervals smaller than the half tone; it is his undeniable right, which he often overuses.

One and six are the numbers of water shelled species. The two auxiliary degrees already form somewhat troublesome ratios, and the others can be used only if the tonic is changed.

Music and the Power of Sound

T he T h eo ry o f E lem en ts Indian metaphysics explains why it is tthe for us to perceive the natural divisions of sound and indicates the method by which we can realize them. Like the forms of language, musical modes are permanent marks of the tradition to which a people belongs.

Thus the learned scholars have poer the distinction of castes. It is with our mind alone that we accept this inaccurate music, which leaves us tired and tense through an unconscious effort of adaptation, instead of agreeably transformed by the beneficial influence of the harmony. This ability to juggle facts and ignore all those views or proofs that contradict their opinion has made almost all the theories of Western scholars concerning the relations of Eastern and Western civilizations of ancient times absolutely untrustworthy.


Any one of these methods of construction resulted in a multitude of contrasting scales, each capable of expressing distinct emotional and spiritual states. But first we shall have to repudiate the legend that the Greeks invented everything.

A man whose passionate involvement with India shaped his writing over several decades.

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

The scale given by the Natya-sastra is, according to modern terminology, the scale of Xnd Re in the diatonic series; it therefore necessarily belongs to a later period than the Greek scale, because the note that appears to be the logical tonic goes lower and lower as the cycle develops. A minor chord will never have for anybody the mood of a major one.

Furthermore, the S b u jin g ,usic the Han shu admit of the seven notes from the earliest times: The two ratios obtained divide the interval into approximate halves.

T he peculiarity of the trigrams is that, in whatever way they are manipulated, the endlessly various results will always be in conformity with some aspect of reality. Plants are less luxuriant and appear oppressed eighth moon.

Sign up and get a free eBook! David Dines rated it really liked it Aug 28, If we compare the numbers of these progressions two by two, we find six intervals and twelve relations: But we should be careful not to take literally such classifications, which are more theoretical than practical.

Ian marked it as to-read Sep 24, Serj Stoney marked it as to-read Mar 17, As we have seen, the Chinese division stands in between, as it uses the division of the second order up to its maximum fifty-three fifths and then, up to the sixtieth fifth, uses intervals of the third order. It is, for example, with the sounds danlelou the lyre that Amphion built the walls of Thebes.