How, Music is in the Biblical Name, David: OK, so my name is also David. I’m a composer/pianist. Pure co-incidence. The Hebrew language can lift the fog that lies between the similarities between music and David. In Hebrew letters, David is spelled “dalet, vav, dalet”: דוד. As a letter and a number actually share the same symbol in Hebrew, we have:
- Dalet- the 1st letter equals 4
- Vav- the 2nd letter equals 6
- Dalet-the third letter equals 4.
Now, I hope not too many of you will be upset with this quote from Aristotle:”The elements of numbers are the elements of things and therefore, things are numbers.” The most obvious connection of numbers with things are musical intervals. They use set ratios between two number.
ALL ABOUT THE “PERFECT” MUSICAL FIFTH OF DAVID
The basis of both ancient and modern tuning is the musical fifth. Here is the ratio of the two tones:
- For every time the higher of the two tones vibrates three times,
- The lower note vibrates two times
- To hear these notes just think of the opening 4 tones of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. The second two are a fifth higher than the first two.
Now let’s look at the numbers behind the name of David:
- 4 to 6 reduces to 2 to 3. By interval ratios this defines the lower fifth from a starting tone,
- then 6 to 4 reduces to 3 to 2. This defines the higher fifth from a lower starting musical tone
David’s power came through his music. He harmonized with the natural plan. This is why the Bible speaks of him as a musician first and and ruler second.
MY UPCOMING BOOK, MUSIC UNDER THE ZODIAC
At this point, I must mention another upcoming project (too many projects!). I call the book Music Under the Zodiac. It is based on a unique way to align the 12 key signatures with the 12 signs of the zodiac. It will be used to advance musical therapy. For example, if you have a headache, listen to the music in F# minor. So much is recorded on Youtube that is free. Most important, pick a pianist with a good touch. Arthur Rubinstein is my favorite in this regard. I also plan to make piano recordings of music that uses my inspired system of therapy. I have several examples of touch in the music of Debussy on my front page of DSOworks,com. Francois Couperin le Grand wrote a treatise on this subject in 1717. It is called L’Art de Toucher le Clavecin. Then, if you care to, e-mail me about the effect of the music you’ve listened to.
- Chopin- Polonaise Opus 44 in F# minor
- Chopin- Nocturne Opus 48 #2
- Brahms- Sonata in F# minor
- J.S. Bach- Prelude and Fugue No. 14 Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier
- Rachmaninoff- Concerto in F# minor opus 1.