This is about the relationship of music to the other arts, the way it has evolved in relation to humanity's changing consciousness over many centuries, and how and why it affects people in so many different ways. The talk is accompaned with performances on harp, swarsangam (an Indian instrument combining the harp-like swarmandal and drone tampura) and other instruments. I play Gregorian music, Indian and African scales, and demonstrate the strange Slendro scale on a lyre. I play Jewish, Latin and Celtic music and take the listeners on a journey from Antiquity to modern jazz, showing how music, in part, has exerted a great influence on civilsations.
The story of the harp takes us back to the earliest history of humanity, to Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, to ancient Ireland and Britain, then across to South America with the musical Jesuit priests who accompanied the Conquistadores, and on through the centuries to the present day. The harp has always been regarded as a special instrument, mysteriously linked the angels and the music of the spheres. You will hear about the kings and queens who played the harp, the saints and churchmen, the Bards, virtuosos and Harpo Marx. The story is illustrated with a wide range of music.
A talk about music therapy and how melodies, harmonies and rhythms can be used for healing and harmonising effects. The 18th century poet Novalis said: ‘Every disease is a musical problem, every solution a musical solution’. When we view health as the fruit of inner and outer harmony, we can appreciate more deeply the mysterious power of music in maintaining our well-being. How music can ‘move’ us. In this talk we hear how various wind, string and percussion instruments relate to different areas of the human being. How we hear through the whole being, not just in the ears. Also: the effects of amplification and electricity on music, music as manipulation, and other misuses. Focused listening, and how regular singing and making music can bring harmony.