By Joscelyn Godwin
Occultism and esotericism flourished in 19th-century France as they did nowhere else. Many philosophers sought the major to the universe, and a few claimed to have came upon it. within the unitive imaginative and prescient that resulted, song continuously performed a huge half. This account starts off with the anti-Newtonian "colour harpsichord" of Pere Castel, and closes with the disciples of Rene Guenon and their fierce anti-modernity; in among are the key figures of Fabre d'Oliver, Charles Fourier, Wronski, Lacuria, Saint-Yves d'Alveydre and their disciples. track used to be for them a mix of technological know-how and artwork which can deliver perception into the cosmic order, or even into the brain of God. Theirs used to be a "speculative song" within the culture of Pythagoras, Plato, Ficino, and Kepler, similar to is usually suggestion to have died with the arrival of the Enlightenment. to the contrary, as this ebook indicates, it flourished extra vigorously than ever. the writer provides his matters straightforwardly, explaining the numerous problems of their works and giving a context for his or her usually miraculous ideals. He exhibits how speculative tune pertains to perform, treating specifically the situations of Satie and Debussy, as composers accustomed to occultism.
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Four [Saint-Emme] sat down on the piano and performed a few non secular hymns in a archaic type, basic and grandiose. He had composed them, he stated, following the musical process of Orpheus, a piece that has now not been preserved and which culture attributes to that maybe mythical genius. five we're lucky to own examples of either those types. in the course of 1901-02, Saint-Yves had a couple of his compositions engraved and released through Delanchy, faubourg Saint-Denis, of which the next looks an entire checklist: 1a Salutation angélique [i. e. , Ave Maria] in Slavonic, for tenor and organ or piano 1b. an analogous, transposed for bass voice 2a. Salutation angélique [different track] in Latin, for baritone, bells or harp, organ or piano 2b. a similar, transposed for bass voice6 three. Salutation angélique [different tune back] in Syrio-Chaldean, for low baritone and organ or piano four. Kyrie eleison in Greek, for tenor and organ or piano five. Pater noster, for tenor and organ or piano 6. Amrita for piano 7. L'Etoile des mages for piano eight. Isola Bella for piano. The songs (nos. 1-5) are a part of a "musical archéomètre of the Liturgical Languages," and wish to be thought of within the context of the Archéomètre (see below). The piano items (nos. 6-8) are in a freer and extra formidable sort, being digital symphonic poems obviously written through a able pianist. Saint-Yves's education on the organ bench indicates within the right counterpoints, page_182 web page 183 adjustments of sign in, and surroundings of encouraged extemporization. Amrita is the shortest and the main hieratic fashionable, with a name pertaining to the potion of immortality within the Vedas; 7 it should healthy both good at the organ, or at the harmonium that we all know Saint-Yves to have had in his domestic. Its solemnity and "noble" harmonies are evocative of Elgar. L'Etoile des mages is way extra pianistic, exhibiting the double effect of Wagner's Parsifal and of Liszt's fantasies, with maybe a slightly of Puccini. Saint-Yves manages the chromatic harmonies and the pianistic idiom with entire insurance. Isola Bella (see Appendix for score), by way of some distance the simplest of the 3 items, resembles a Chopin ballade with its many episodes, the diversity of its topics, and an total dramatic improvement from begin to end, even though its textural and harmonic complexity doesn't exceed that of a Mendelssohn music with no phrases. via evaluating SaintYves with those composers, i don't suggest to put him at their point, yet in basic terms to situate his tune as to type and shape. these impacts are completely absent from the rest compositions, that are in keeping with the rules came across, or invented, during Saint-Yves' paintings at the Archéomètre. along with the 5 liturgical file://C:\Jogos\Occult\1878822535\files\__joined. html 26/9/2009 cover Página 132 de 213 songs, he composed a physique of virtually summary song that contains one of many strangest efforts of his interval: nine. Diatonie archéométrique: les heptachords; Conjugaisons modales binaires. Copyright 1906, published by means of Dupré, 18 pages.