Spiritual Themes In Music

Spiritual Themes In Music

What could be more beautiful than poetry sung on spiritual notes? The idea of ​​reconstituting the human essence can also be made through music, through singing, because music is the sound materialization of the noblest feelings and ideas of humanity, which it can transmit and which it builds in eternity. In this context, music must be an instrument in the service of life, in the protection of nature, of activating love, generosity, freedom, justice - the great values ​​of humanity.


By its nature, music means the reception, knowledge, and respect of authentic value; it carries information between people, strengthens their cohesion by revealing common traits and aspirations, supporting them in certain ways of sensitivity, teaching them, educating them to feel, to think, to understand more deeply; music opens up to people perspectives of spiritual organization of the best.



Music has been identified as a leitmotif since the beginning of mankind. It is impressive that personalities such as Plato and Aristotle showed interest and even music techniques. Phenomenon explainable by the presence of music in all public manifestations from theater to funeral ceremonies, but especially by the belief of the ancient Greeks that music has an exceptional ability to educate the citizen in the spirit of the ideal of harmony and balance, in which we see today the essence of classical Greek spirituality. This belief was a common platform for thinkers with the most diverse ideas.



Aristotle rightly tried to give a scientific explanation for the unsurpassed educational action of music. "Why, of all the sensory perceptions, he wonders, only the auditory perception has an ethical quality? Even when it is not accompanied by words, the song still has an ethical quality, which has neither color, nor smell, nor taste. Because it includes the movement…


The movement that formed the energetic, spiritual particles that surround us with energy, that vibrate in us, without taste or color, only pure emotions. The notion that most precisely defines the influence of music on man is that of catharsis: the purification of the soul from all the weaknesses that prevent it from rising to balance and serenity.


Thus, we can say that the art of sounds is an expression of man in the world of values, in the face of serious themes: Life; Death; Creation; Love; Truth; Beautiful; Freedom; Happiness, etc. Which is the very reason for the musical composition. All these problems require the human being to materialize in the musical beauty, gathering, both wisdom and love, thus creating harmony. Plato teaches us that "the harmonious soul is wise, and the wise soul is good."



Another approach to the notion of culture in general and music is encountered in the Middle Ages. Known in history as a period of disintegration of the old world, of insecurity and violence, culture has found refuge in church places where it is sung, where music resounds between the holy walls, encrusted by icons, a form of communication between us and God.



In the bosom of the divinity, music was born, says John Chrysostom, one of the first fathers of the church: “Our song is only an echo, an imitation of the angelic one. Music was created in heaven. Angels sing around us and above us. If the man is a musician, it is due to a revelation of the Holy Spirit; the singer is inspired by the one above. ” But once she arrived on Earth, she lost her greatness and was criticized, in order to reach a period of divine splendor and absolute appreciation.



The Renaissance, the period in which philosophers and artists are attracted by nature in general and the beauty and grandeur of human nature in particular. The idea of ​​harmonious development the central idea of ​​Greek antiquity is revived in people's consciousness. This explains the enormous interest in music, in artistic values. Listening to music produced an emotional stir in the soul.



In this ambiance, thinking about the music of Giozefo Zarlino is outlined, which crowns the musical-aesthetic searches of the Renaissance. The Renaissance spirit in the field of music is characterized by an orientation towards the knowledge of nature, by the care for the harmonious development of the human being, by the promotion of an idea of ​​soul, gentle, human attitudes towards everything that surrounds man. In this context, Fr. Rabelais's conception of education deserves attention.



Rabelais, who promotes the idea of ​​the need for aesthetic education through the arts and, in particular, music and the art of versification. The philosopher G. W. Hegel saw in music one of the forms of manifestation of the absolute idea. It is very interesting the idea that music is a romantic art and perfectly embodies the aesthetic ideal by the fact that in it the spiritual life of man - "I" abstract -he finds a naked expression, unhindered by material appearances.



Through the content of the spiritual life it expresses, the music envisaged by G. W. Hegel perfectly embodies the classical ideal of music, at a time when it was in full twilight. All these people of caliber wanted to highlight the fact that the spirituality expressed by music has something of divine origin. Hence the preponderant importance is given to music, the divine essence of the absolute idea. So, what music says can only be said by music. It can be interpreted, in Delacroix's words, as "a bridge thrown between souls."

In the song "Imagine" by John Lennon, music simply asks us to close our eyes and let our imagination and the dream child in us project a perfectly orderly world, "without, heaven or hell or religion, without materialistic countries and people.” The vibrations of this song want to counteract all division and conflict, it wants union and peace, two very important aspects in spirituality.



Another song that deals with spiritual themes is the famous song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong, this title is from the beginning suggestive that renders the technique of mindfulness, appreciation of the moment, and enjoyment of life as it is, to observe nature and to feel the sensations from the outside that penetrate inside. From “green trees” to “red roses,” and “bright blessed days” to “dark sacred nights,” the song is full of appreciation for the everyday components of our world that we tend to take for granted. The song is an anthem for people with a passion for exploration, and a profound belief in the goodness of humanity, albeit its often unstable state.



In conclusion, music is a spiritual refuge identified by great thinkers and composers of mankind. Music is the portal that transfers emotions from the beginning of time, and I continue to believe that the first music was the wind and its roar, through the desert Universe.

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