11Healing11 - Musicology 139 Instructor: Christi-Anne...

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Musicology 139 Instructor: Christi-Anne Castro
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± Instruments from animals ± Sound of instruments are voices of material or spirit trapped in material ± Dead animals also speak as sound of instruments ± Thus, for ancients, music could harness spirits of instruments
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± Incantations for healing found in the Odyssey ± Paean – communal holy song that appeases god(s ) (Sparta saved from plague)
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± God of poetry, dancing and music (among other things) ± Represents intellect and moral purity ± In some writings, inventor of medicine (purity of body) ± Bringer and reliever of plagues (Iliad) ± Aesculapius/ Aesclepius is his son ± His cult believed in using music to bring about ecstasy to awaken curative power of the soul and restore harmonious relationship between soul and body ± Rod with one snake, not caduceus ± His daughters all have names related to good health ( Hygieia , Panacea, etc.)
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± Prefer the lyre ± Preoccupation with perfect ratios and musical intervals ± Distances between planets and stars reflect these ± The planets also make music as they move in
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