March 9, 2013 at 4:54 PMToday I was out for my morning Saturday walk, pondering about pondering, life, and music while listening to Bach's Concerto for Three Violins in D Major. First, two quick thoughts about that piece: one, it modulates to A Major right at the very beginning, which is kind of weird, but then again, it's Bach. And two, it's very violin-based and I love it! :)
Anyways. On my walk, I was thinking about how nice it would be to be springtime weather, because right now there's still snow on the ground. It was raining a little during my walk, which made me think of rainy summer nights. Respectively, I thought of the morning birds of spring and the evening cicadas of summer and also the storms summer brings. AFter that, I remembered Vivaldi's Four Seasons (and I'm doing a project with "Winter." As a side note, it's coming along great!) Then I began to think about what it would be like to sit in a chair in the summer, but then I really began to put connections to music. Just how did music start? I mean, we have facts about when it began as humans, but is there a such thing as music in animals, like the birds and cicadas I mentioned?
I believe there is. I believe, in their own way, the birds and the cicadas have their own symphonies. They pass songs down through the generations. (Any other facts you guys know of this subject would be helpful, too!) Then I began to think about all the various instruments we have in our world today. There are 'natural' instruments and 'electronic' instruments. Many natural instruments have been converted into electronic ones (i.e. guitars, basses, violins, drums). Many electronic instruments have been more recently created by us (i.e. synthesizers, 8-bit video game sound files, MIDI, etc.) I have a metaphorical belief that these natural instruments, like the guitar, the violin, the trumpet, the flute, the oboe, etc. all were grown by nature. They are bound to nature, just as our singing voice is. Obviously, this did not occur, but these instruments were around long before electricity was discovered and used to create more instruments. Now, I'm not saying any of these electronic instruments are bad; if anything, they're very helpful to create music just by yourself (I use GarageBand and I have to use synthesizers to get some sounds I want.).
In English class we read a poem recently that depicted the great war humans are having against nature. We are trying to take over nature with our roads, our cars, our computers. (Again, I'm not saying any of this is bad. Without computers, how would you be reading this right now?) But no matter what we do, nature will always fight back. This is what is keeping classical music alive. Classical music used to be the pop stars and digital downloads of pop music today. Again, it's not bad. But people are actually disliking classical music, and the reason, as my Music Theory teacher has said, is because they don't know how to listen to it. That's what part of my Vivaldi project is - we're writing down what's happening in the symphony or concerto as it happens in the piece, so we create a movie of the piece, essentially, every moment, each movement, will be shown in the movie. Maybe we can get classical music alive. Many film and gaming composers writing music now for orchestras are trying to do this. We just need to keep trying.
So yeah. That was my pondering session. You can think about a lot of things on a walk. I think I'm going to leave it at that, so as you've always been doing, record your comments about this; I'm curious to know what you think. Thanks for reading!
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