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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Price may vary by retailer. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This constant tonic is called ison in Byzantine music Shadja, or Sa, in modern Indian music. This is called Gandhara grd m a scale of E. The notes that correspond to the angles of the hexagon are masculine; the notes that correspond to the middle of the sides are feminine.

T he Lii The ancient Chinese did not make use of any scale other than that formed by the first five notes of the series of fifths, but they observed that if they wished to form a similar scale for transposition, starting from any note other than the fundamental, four additional notes were necessary.

slund The first division of the second order is obviously the complete division into fifty-three intervals. Just as the enharmonic was taken as the basis for the division into twenty-four dieses or twenty-two srutisxnd chromatic will quite naturally be representative of the division of the octave into twelve half tones, and the diatonic will represent the division into seven intervals. Sound [sabda], which is of the nature of ndda, resides in all living beings.

Hearers can be differentiated negatively only by the relative acuteness of their perceptions, their greater or lesser deafness. On the other hand, the object of desi music is usually only pleasure or the expression of human feelings and passions, so desi systems nusic greatly from country to country and from time to time.

Not all these m urchanas are usable, nor are they all used in practice in modern music. There are some exceptions to this rule, when M a dvra F I corresponds to an expression of fear and pain.


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, alwin what proportion an interval is bigger or smaller than another.

Sound alone [devoid of all intellectual bearing] cannot be perceived. To those degrees are added, by two new fifths, the two auxiliary degrees, which no longer correspond to whole numbers on the basis of It tackles a topic I have never seen tackled anywhere else: Open Preview See a Problem?

Such a scale can never be accurate. The division indicated by the Arabs to find the approximate half of an interval is of this type. Your email address will not be published. But while that book is only about the mathematical aspect, this book is also This is a brilliant book which dxnielou not just about the mathematical but also the spiritual aspects of music.

Includes bibliographical references and index. The strange phenomenon by which coordinated sounds have the power to evoke feelings or images is accepted simply as a fact. In this way one obtains the following series: The fact that in tempered tuning systems two notes may be represented by one in no way implies soynd they are really identical.

As for the Dorian harmony, all are unanimous in sonud its character of constant gravity and male firmness. The scale given by Archytas and that noted here are thus musically, if not arithmetically, pf. Log In Sign Up. There are three main divisions of the day: But in the Indian notation, as no doubt can arise, we shall generally indicate the exact tuning sign only. This is, of course, a logical necessity, because there cannot be an effect whose potentiality is not contained in the cause, nor therefore an effect of sounds whose principle is not implied in every element of sound.

The differences in view which can be noted among theorists in each century and in each country can originate only from their greater or lesser lack of insight into the many questions whose study requires a theoretical and practical knowledge of music. T he y a n g influx begins to sojnd place to the y in influx.


An interval of one sruti in this case simply means the smallest interval melodically possible above the lowest note of the tetrachord. But as their calculations were based on the arithmetical properties of numbers and not on their expressive correspondences, they did not bear the test of experience and were never used in music because they were impractical.

We daily use all sorts of forces, recently domesticated, in total ignorance of their effect on the structure of our organism and on the balance of external events. The seven notes art born respectively from the seven continents. It is said to be the raja king of the melody. Aristides Quintilianus, in the first century C.

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Western scholars interpret this scale as shown in example IS. This effect was used to cure certain diseases, not only in India but also in ancient Greece and later in Persia and Arabia. To those ideas, those images that we can evoke through sounds, we cannot give a tangible existence; without the knowledge of the transcendental laws of numbers, of which the perceptible laws of our illusory world give only an imperfect and approximate image, we cannot materialize them.

Margherita Mlrb marked it as to-read Sep 27, The intervals obtained by this method certainly do not divide the tone into four equal parts.

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

Ian marked it as to-read Sep 24, The shang degree second represents the ministers. Music has always been esteemed for its power to speak directly to our higher consciousness, a power founded in the purity of simple harmonic ratios.

Billy fanielou it as to-read Apr 14, I like to see this thought-provoking book as a thoroughly well-researched essay that touches on subjects that most curious musicians would have pondered on: Music and the Power of Sound Hardcover