Monday, November 24, 2014

A Primer for Music in Classical Education

"Discovering the Cosmology of Bach" - On Being with Krista Tippett 
This interview provides an excellent primer for what Musicologists and Classics Scholars understand about the pivotal role of the Science of Music prior to the 19th century.
Princeton Computer Science Professor, Bernard Chazelle provides in laymans terms how J.S. Bach and other composers sought to discover the underlying order to the Cosmos. - Hearkening back to the original aim of Pythagoras and the birth of Music Theory.  

"Computer scientist Bernard Chazelle has an original take on what music works in us — especially the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Just as mathematicians talk about discovering rather than inventing great equations, so, he says, Bach set out to “discover” the musical rules behind the universe. After hearing this conversation, you may never listen to any piece of music — whether Bach or Jay-Z — in quite the same way again.
Bernard Chazelle is Eugene Higgins Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and a member of the European Academy of Sciences. He's authored an extensive collection of essays on music for A Tiny Revolution."

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