numerical rhyme is even found in nursery rhymes.

Numerical Rhyme -is there Such a Thing in Physics?

Numerical Rhyme -is there Such a Thing in Physics? Numbers are easy to identify. But how can they rhyme?  With words, rhyme is a repetition of similar sounds in two or more lines.  They often occur  in the final syllables of lines in poems and songs.[1] The word rhyme is also a pars pro toto (“a part (taken) for the whole”) that means a short poem. This includes a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes. For my blog,  In  Greek  it is ἀριθμός arithmos “number”.  Poetry also derives from the Latin rhythmus.  Rhythm defines the beats in poetry.  The Greek word is ῥυθμός (rhythmosrhythm).[13][14]

As with most products of oral tradition, there are many variations to the Bo-Peep rhyme. The most common modern version is:

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
and doesn’t know where to find them;
leave them alone, And they’ll come home,
wagging their tails behind them.[1]

Thus, rhyme uses the same sound in a definite pattern. Often it comes at the end of the 1st and third lines. With Bo-Peep “find them” and “behind them” make the pattern. They are in lines 2 and 4.

Numerical Rhyme in Fission and Fusion

Here are a couple of facts to help illuminate the topic in physics:

  • First, the higher end of the spectrum. Radioactive elements with a higher atomic number than lead breakdown to lead-82
  • Next, the lower end of the spectrum.  On stars, elements lighter than iron fuse up to iron. It has an atomic number of 26. When enough iron forms at the core of the star, then the star  explodes.  That explosion makes other heavier elements.
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Could they be witnessing an exploding star?

So Where is Numerical Rhyme in Fusion and Fission?

Take iron. It is the ash of nuclear fusion. This was described above. Iron has an atomic weight of 56.  This primary isotope of iron has 26 protons and 30 neutrons.  Each proton is balanced by an electron.  Total these primary particles. We have 26 protons + 30 neutrons + 30 electrons = 82 primary particles. By number, 82 defines the number of protons in lead. I most point out a parallel situation with ancient number squares. There are a number of rhyming number squares. Here, we will (1) look at the 5 x 5. Then (2) compare it to the 8 x 8.

  1. Any straight row of numbers on the 8 x 8 square totals 260. Any two opposite numbers on the 5 x 5 square totals 26.
  2. Any two opposite numbers on the 8 x 8 square totals 65. Any straight row of numbers on the 5 x 5 square totals 65.
  3. The square perimeter are the numbers that outline any number square. On the 5 x 5 number square the total is 208.
  4. The total of all the numbers on the 8 x 8 number square is 2080

Conclusion: The ancient 5 x 5 and 8 x 8 number squares are in rhyme. So are lead and iron as explained above. Therefore, there is numerical rhyme in both mathematics and physics. Our ancestors knew this. Isn’t it about time we caught up? Perhaps it may lead us down a path of peace?



Lost code reference is in the Bible

Lost Code Reference to a Number Square in Ecclesiastes

Lost Code Reference is found in the Bible. . Ecclesiastes (/ɪˌklziˈæstz/Greek: Ἐκκλησιαστής, EkklēsiastēsHebrewקֹהֶלֶת‎, qōheleṯ) is one of 24 books of the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible. It is classified as one of the Ketuvim (or “Writings”). Originally written c. 450-180 BCE. It is among the canonical Wisdom Books in the Old Testament.  Most denominations of Christianity also accept it.

New International Version
Ecclesiastes 1:15 What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.

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 A Holy Spirit enlightened me about a lost number code. I call this spirit, the Oquaga Spirit. I sensed it was a female from the Lennie Lenape tribe. At one time this tribe lived around the Oquaga Lake. They were a matriarchal tribe. Women made key decisions. The story of my enlightenment by this spirit is the subject of many of my blogs. I intuitively feel it promises nothing less than a new Golden Age. Please read the blogs. They are easy to access. Just click on all posts on Here I quote one of the books that she inspired. It is from The Staff of God Vol.II.

Lost Code Reference Revealed

First, note the above number square. Any straight row of 3 numbers totals 15. To arrive at 15, you have to take a broader view. One must go past the lines and crooked places. Then, 15 can be found in 8 different ways. Three are horizontal. Three are vertical. Two are diagonal. Many know this by the third grade in elementary school. However, the spirit pointed out the lost code reference of Ecclesiastes. She made the lines disappear. What happened? Here is one example of her wisdom. Take the unlined numbers straight and three at the time. 492 + 618 = 1,110. Or, 834 + 276 = 1,110. If a 3 digit number crosses the center, it is its own number backwards. Thus, 258 + 852 = 1,110. Here are a couple of quotes from the book:
“The old straight track is a net or grid of numbers.
Often distances between holy sites are measured
By characteristic numbers of the 3 x 3 number square.
Examples include the Geomancer’s  and the English mile.”
(The Geomancer’s mile is 14,400 feet, The English mile is 5,280 feet).
The spirit recited poetry to me on Oquaga Lake: The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. The cover is the featured pictured. I was the house piano player for Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. It is in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Below is a youtube sample. Please share and keep checking this site.
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With the Lennie Lenape American Indians, women ruled the social order.




Richard Addinsell with Rubinoff and His Violin

Richard Addinsell With Rubinoff and His Violin

Richard Addinsell With Rubinoff and His Violin. I worked for over 15 years with violin maestro, David Rubinoff. Dave was a man with passion plus. This was not only for music, but for life. Dave was born into extreme poverty in Kiev, Russia. The year was 1897. Violin was his ticket to success. How did his success transpire? Victor Herbert was on sabbatical in Warsaw, Poland. He heard  David play a student recital at the Warsaw Conservatory. Paderewski was the headmaster.

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Polish pianist, Ignace Paderewski, head of the Warsaw Conservatory,

Here’s the tie in with the Richard Addinsell: Warsaw was close to Rubinoff’s heart. Dave loved the sentiment and music of the Warsaw Concerto.  The music was composed a British film:  Dangerous Moonlight. The subject is the Polish struggle against the 1939 invasion by Nazis. One of Dave’s most memorable moments is in the featured picture. He consulted with the  Addinsell for his violin/piano arrangement. I will be playing piano from the same Rubinoff score this winter. Management just rebuilt their vintage Steinway grand at the Gasparilla Inn. The finest parts were ordered from Germany. It is situated in the dining room. Hear me play it. I am booked at the Inn by the Jay Goodley Group in Sarasota. My contract is 6 nights weekly from Christmas to Easter.

Herbert Places Rubinoff on the Path to Success that also Led Him to Meet with Richard Addinsell

Victor Herbert declared, “Son, you belong to America.” He brought young David and his entire family to the United States. David apprenticed with Victor Herbert in Pittsburgh. Herbert was the conductor of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic. Rubinoff apprenticed his musical art with his benefactor. Dave told me countless stories about Herbert’s Sunday musical get togethers. Dave, for a while actually resided with Victor Herbert. He was able to socialize with John Phillip Sousa, the great tenor-Carouso, Andrew Carnegie…Sousa told Rubinoff to take good music to the public schools. Years later, Dave and I (Dave Ohrenstein) did this throughout the Sarasota area.

Victor August Herbert (February 1, 1859 – May 26, 1924) was an Irish-born, German-raised American composercellist and conductor. Although Herbert enjoyed important careers as a cello soloist and conductor, he is best known for composing many successful operettas.  Many premiered on Broadway from the 1890s to World War I. He was also prominent among the tin pan alley composers.  Later he was a founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

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Imagine living and apprenticing with this great composer/conductor Victor Herbert.  Cover from The Fortune Teller.

By the way, Rubinoff told me about how Victor Herbert composed while standing by his lectern. I guess conductors are used to standing. Keep checking for new posts. By the way, a have 1 or 2 openings for piano students in Sarasota.


Careless musical editors dominant the works of J.S. Bach

Careless Music Editors Point the Wrong Way

Careless Music Editors Point the Wrong Way. I am a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School in Detroit. The school was a four-year university preparatory high school in Midtown Detroit, United States.[2][3] The school is named in honor of Lewis Cass, an American military officer and politician who served as governor of the Michigan Territory from 1813 until 1831. The school is a part of Detroit Public Schools. In the 1960’s Cass Tech two major musical curriculum. Both were college prep. The school had some 30 college prep courses of study. You could even major in aeronautics. We actually had an airplane in one of the rooms that you could work on for assembly or repair.  In the music courses the  students were wise to editors. We all spoke of a professional frustration cycle. It went from soloist to conductor to editor. Editors, we half-jokingly said, wanted to get revenge on everyone else. Obviously, they couldn’t be successful at the first two professions. Not bad for high school kids!

Careless music editors were bantered about at this High School in Detroit
My High School Alma mater was Cass Technical High School in Detroit

J.S. Bach omitted placing tempo, phrasing or dynamics in his works. Over zealous editors quickly stepped in.  I quote Edward Hughes from G. Schirmer  & Co. I think he is one of the good ones. Edwin Hughes taught at the Ganapol School of Musical Art in Detroit from 1910 to 1912, the Volpe Institute of Music in New York from 1916 to 1917, and the Institute of Musical Art in New York from 1918 to 1923. He lectured at various schools. From 1920 to 1926 he was special editor of piano music for G. Schirmer, Inc. He toured widely in the USA and Europe after the close of World War I; performed duo-recitals with his wife, the pianist Jewel Bethany Hughes, and also gave master-classes. He also had opinions about careless music editors.

Careless Music Editors Over-Edit

I am currently working on the Bach Prelude and Fugue in A minor. It is transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt. Publisher is G. Schirmer Inc. Hughes humbly states about his editing: “The phrasing is to be regarded more as indicative than complete. Of himself he states “There is no desire to appear arbitrary in matters of pedaling, touch and so forth. Also bear in mind: “In the democracy of art there is no final authority on such subjects.” I think these are the words of a great man.

Finally, if anyone is interested I have  I have one or two openings for piano students in Sarasota.

Mischa and I in our Sarasota Home
My instructor, Mischa Kottler, studied with Emil von Sauer- a pupil of Franz Liszt. I acquired a Master of Music degree from Wayne State University under Mischa.

Magic square summary came on Oquaga Lake

Magic Square Summary as Given by The Oquaga Spirit

Magic Square Summary  offered by a spirit that dwells around Oquaga Lake. There was once a golden age. Knowledge of the  3 x 3 number square held it in place. Men lived their lives by the balanced numerical codes it contains. A female American Indian spirit enlightened me about this code. She was of the Lennie Lenape. Hesiod alludes to this age. His writings were almost 3000 years earlier. The Works and Days (Ancient GreekἜργα καὶ ἩμέραιErga kai Hēmerai)[a] is a didactic poem of some 800 lines written by the ancient Greek poet Hesiod around 700 BCE. The Works and Days is perhaps best known for its two mythological aetiologies for the toil and pain that define the human condition: It contains he story of Prometheus and Pandora.  It also describes the Myth of Five Ages. They were: the Golden AgeSilver Age, Bronze Age, Heroic Age, and the present age, that of Iron. The golden race lived in the time of Cronus.   It was an age of plenty and peace. The earth provided for all. Rivalries were unknown.

Magic Square Summary what I learned on Oquaga Lake
“Lights on porch and dock and hotel waterside glitter around the shore. Markers do they provide”. Quoted from The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.”

Magic Square Summary Was Dictated on Oquaga Lake by a Spirit Guide


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The above picture is of Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. It is perched in the Catskill Mountains. Almost anyone who visits either senses or actually communes with this spirit. The spirit talked ceaselessly to me. I was lucky. Many of the blogs on are because of her. Here is some of her wisdom. In your spare time, please read  the blogs in full. Just click on all posts. It’s that easy. 

“The source of truth is the square of three. By straight read, three codes appear. They hold a cosmic code. The central five also becomes 55 and 555. When compared to a star or atom, man is in the middle.  Speaking in relative sizes, man becomes the 55. An atom becomes the 5. A star becomes the 555. ” The code also offers “infinity” on a golden platter. These codes spin and twirl numbers in a set and balanced way.


Number square summary came at Oquaga Lake.
For me, enlightenment happened by the wisdom of an American Indian spirit. It was about this number square.
One thousand seven hundred twenty eight inches is the radius of the Aubrey Circle

One Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Eight

One Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Eight.  So, what is special about his number? There is an obvious answer: 12  x 12 x 12 = 1,728. It is the cube of 12. But where else is 1.728 hiding? First, let’s also consider the following equivalents:

  • 1,728 inches = 144 feet.
  • 1,728 inches = 48 British yards
  • Most important for this blog: 1,728 inches = 52.8 megalithic yards. A megalithic yard is 30/11 feet. The megalithic yard is 2.72727…feet. Expressed as a fraction, it is 30/11 feet.
One thousand seven hundred twenty eight hides in this number square.
A Golden Age of peace and plenty once graced civilization by this number square

First, one thousand seven hundred twenty eight hides in this number square. Here’s how: Gnomoically dividing the square of three was a custom. It was most conspicuous in the Arabic school of Jabirism. Jabir Ibn Hayyim traced this custom back to Hermes. Hermes traced this custom back to Ariel.

How is one thousand seven hundred twenty eight found?

A gnomon is the part of the geometrical figure with numbers that remains when one is its corners is removed. On the number square, remove 4 boxes that contain 5,7,1, and 6. That is the lower right set of 4 boxes. The remaining numbers of the gnomon are 8,3,4,9, and 2. Multiply these five numbers. Their product is 1,728.

Megalithic Measurement comes from the 3 x 3 number square. The megalithic inch is a straight read of numbers. Look at the bottom horizontal. It reads 816. That was my discovery. However, the actual discovery of the reality of megalithic measure was made by Professor  Alexander Thom  of Oxford University. He surveyed 600 megalithic sites in EnglandScotlandWales and Britanny.[4] Thom also proposed the Megalithic Rod of 2.5 MY.[5] As sub units of these, he further proposed the Megalithic Inch.   It is 0.816 inches.  One hundred of which are included in a Megalithic Rod.  Forty megalithic inches make a Megalithic Yard. Not only does the megalithic inch (0.816) come from the 3 x 3 number square, so does their 40 count which makes a megalithic yard:

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Professor Alexander Thom of the Society of Oxford University Engineers
  • Add the perimeter numbers around the central five. We have 4 + 9 + 2 + 7 + 6 + 1 + 8 + 3 =40.
  • Finally, take the megalithic rod: 100 megalithic inches measure the length of of megalithic rod. On the 3 x 3 number square, 10 is a characteristic number. Any two opposite numbers equal 10. In the secret codes of this number square, powers of ten actually go to infinity.
  • Any two opposite numbers total ten. Here some pairs: 4 +  6 = 10. Or, 9 + 1 = 10.
  • For this, please look at the number square as I list the numbers . By two numbers at the time: 49 + 61 = 110. Another, 29 + 81 = 110. If it crosses the center, it’s dual to itself: 59 + 51 = 110. Or, 15 + 95 = 110.  This number, 110 can be pulled out of the square in 16 different ways.
  •  It also works three numbers at the time: 492 + 618 = 1110. Or, 951 + 159 = 1110. This number can be pulled out of here it 8 different ways.
  • The above maneuvers entailed a straight treatment of the numbers: All in a row. But when you twist and turn the numbers, they grow to infinity in their balance. This is the “grain of mustard seed” that grows into the largest plant. The Gospels refer to it.  In this manner the smallest number square defines and describes infinity. Follow the next sets of numbers on the square as I describe them.
    • Thus, 4,927 + 6,183 = 11,110.
    • 15, 943 + 95,167 = 111,110.
    • Or another two sets of 5 numbers, 81,672 + 29,438 = 111,110.
    • Or, let’s go bigger: 38,167,294 + 72,943,816 = 111,111,110.

Finally, the music of antiquity. We observed above that one thousand seven hundred twenty eight  inches equals 52.8 megalithic yards. Sacred musical antiquity was all about the known diatonic scale. The “C” above middle “C” of the ancient diatonic scale vibrated at 528 times per second. Middle “C”, an octave lower, vibrated 264 times per second. This is also referenced at Stonehenge. The distance from its center up to the heel stone is 264 feet.  The octave higher “C” by number  (528) was taken and multiplied by  10 to arrive at the feet in a mile, 5,280. Measure, math, and music are all derived from this ancient number square. It unified mankind and brought the blessings of peace to all. Certainly, it can provide the same vision for the present.

Bach keyboard preference is the harpsichord

Bach Keyboard Preference- Proof is Quite Surprising

Bach Keyboard Preference- Proof is Quite Surprising. We will consider the harpsichord v. the clavichord. All kinds of keyboard falsehoods were spread in the 19th century. Inaccuracies affected keyboard virtuosos, piano teachers and, of course,  instrument builders.

During Bach’s later years,  a new style began brewing.The new style rebelled against counterpoint.  J.S. Bach’s son, Karl Philipp Emanuel, was in favor of change. He advocated the galant style. In music, galant refers to the style which was fashionable from the 1720’s to the 1770’s. The clavichord was well suited to the galant style. This movement featured return to simplicity. It advocated immediacy of appeal.  The style ignored the complexity of the late Baroque era. This meant simpler, more song-like melodies. The sweeter and quieter sound of the clavichord was suited to this style.  The style had decreased use of polyphony.  It favored short, periodic phrases. Harmonic vocabulary was quite limited. It emphasized the tonic and dominant triads. A clear distinction was made between soloist and accompaniment.

Bach Keyboard Preference Favors the Harpsichord

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There is a world of difference between a harpsichord and a clavichord.

No matter how ingrained a style may seem, its life is limited. Of course, that rule applies to today: It holds for popular styles in America as well as the rest of the world. Consider this: In Baroque times  many composers wrote sweet or expressive music for the harpsichord. They included Rameau, Couperin and Frescobaldi. Titles, for example, included: Les Tendres Plaints, La Reine des Coeurs, Canzone, etc. However, Bach also composed music of force and fury. That was more suited to the harpsichord. The harpsichord was flexible. It could be either sweet sounding or furious,

Proof Positive of the Bach Keyboard Preference

After Bach’s death an actual inventory of musical instruments in his home was made.  In the realm of keyboard instruments he had: (1) Five harpsichords. (2) One spinet. (3) He even gave three-pedal harpsichords to Johann Christian before his death. In the inventory not even one clavichord is mentioned. The value of his harpsichords amounted to one-third the value of his entire estate. The entire estate was valued at 1122 rt. 16 gr. My source is Landowska on Music:Collected, edited and translated by Denise Restout assisted by Robert Hawkins. Conclusion: Every keyboard has a personality in the same manner as every person. Incidentally, I have a few openings for piano lessons in Sarasota.

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Wanda Landowska
Missing tip is restored by a special perspective on a number square.

Missing Tip on Great Pyramid is Found

Missing Tip on Great Pyramid is Found. It’s all about an aerial view. Below are examples of aerial lines that are part of the Nasca lines. These are in South America. Here are two prominent examples.

  • A giant spider carving is carved in the desert. It is about 148 feet long. The carving is a Peru pattern. Location, with other such figures, is between the Andes Mountains and Pacific Ocean. The special area is about 200 square miles. My source is Mysterious Places.  It is edited by Jennifer Westwood.Jennifer Westwood (5 January 1940 – 12 May 2008) was a British author, broadcaster and folklorist. She was a Doctor of Philosophy .  She had special interests in English Language, Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse. Her first book, Mediaeval Tales, was published in 1968. She was active committee member of The Folklore Society.   Dr. Westwood undertook a variety of duties including editing its publications and helping other authors. As a broadcaster, she worked on programs produced for BBC Radio 4 and the corporation’s Radio Norfolk. Commonly known as “Jen”, after her second marriage she also authored books in the name of Jennifer Chandler.
  • A humming bird has spread out wings. It is made from a single spread out line. It is also a Nasca figure. It is one of 18 different carved giant figures on the plain.

Picture of the book edited by Jennifer Westwood called Mysterious Places

Missing Tip of 5 Cubits and Actual Measurements  Are Found by an Aerial View of a Number Square

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A figure viewed from above looks flat. It the 3 x 3 number square, raise the center. Imagine it is pliable and be raised. The base still remains square.  The five is elevated like the tip. Before you are dismissive of this thought consider the following: The perimeter around the Great Pyramid is 1110 cubits. My Source are the writings of the Reverend John Michell. His book is The View Over Atlantis.  Look at the hidden number code. 492 + 618 = 1110. 438 + 672 = 1110. If three numbers cross, 951 + 159 =1110. This hidden code was shown to me on Oquaga Lake. I believe it was an American Indian spirit from the Lennie Lenape tribe. They dwelled around the lake. Also, they were one of the few matriarchal tribes in the country. The women could even depose of a chief. The son in law had to live with his family in their dwelling. For years I was the piano player at Scotts Oquaga Lake House in Deposit, New York. The spirit visited me on walks. I often also led hikes through this mountainous region.

Missing tip was explained by an American Indian spirit from the Lennie Lenape
My book of poetry written on Oquaga Lake.

Conclusion: The missing tip source of the Great Pyramid  were explained on Oquaga Lake.  The lake is a former sacred American Indian location. I think that wonderful times are on the way. The wisdom of the American Indians will lead the way. Also, consider Isaiah: In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt” (Isa. 19:1920).


Quadripartite Division of Time

Quadripartite Division of Time as an Ancient Tool

Quadripartite Division of Time as an Ancient Tool.The Vikings were fierce warriors and pirates. They built magnificent fortresses,” Søren Sindbæk, a professor of medieval archaeology at Aarhus University in Denmark,  said in a statement .

I (David) blog a lot about quadripartite division- 1.e. division into four parts. This goes back to Biblical Paradise. This ideal state was at the crossing of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Why division into four? Ancient to prehistoric civilizations were all about number squares. At the heart of all evenly numbered squares are four squares. In the illustration below they numbers  10, 11,  6, and 7. This is the ancient 4 x 4 square of Jupiter.  It was thought to invoke the influence of that planet. Jupiter represented success in action. That action could be military or, simply, business. Or, the Jupiter effect could even apply to interpersonal relationships. Odd number squares, by contrast, have only one square at the center. Many blogs about number squares are on The blogs are easy to access. Press all posts. They will lead the way back to a lost and forgotten Golden Age,

Quadripartite division is based on the fourfold center of the first of the even number squares
This is the first evenly numbered square. It was dedicated to Jupiter.

Why is Understanding the Quadripartite Division of Time Beneficial?

The following analyzes just one aspect of fourfold cyclic time. Many factors cause cyclic activity. The Moon is a great factor. The Sun is another. Obviously, from the graph below, sunspot activity is low. Eventually I will explore through future blogs many of the cycles that can affect us. Key- understanding time can help us to control the effects of cyclic activity. Prof.  A.L. Tchijevsky wrote a treatise on sunspot and human activity. It is called: Investigation into the Relationship Between the Sunspot Activity and the Course of Universal Historical Process from V Century B.C.  to the Present Day. His chart had the following:

  1. Statistics from 72 countries.
  2. Time span was 500 B.C. to 1922 A.D.

Mass excitement occurs in cycles of 11 years. This corresponds with sunspot activity. His mass excitement statistics included wars, revolutions, riots, expeditions, and mass migrations. A simple spiral can help us understand the cycle’s four states.

  1. The cycle is low. The spiral is unwound. Everything is relaxed.
  2. The cycle winds up. Things begin to tighten
  3. The cyclic peak is reached. That equates with maximum trouble and chaos.
  4. The cycle unwinds. Things go back to relaxed.

What does the quadripartite circle accomplish?

We can transfer the fourfold effect of the cycle onto something physical: A circle, spiral or even a maze. The spiral can be a winding ascending road. The circle can be a Viking fortress. The maze can be shaped from bushes in a garden. In other words, physical models take on the psychological  effect of cycles. That gives the possibility of live our lives calmly and peacefully. We can actually rebuild a lost Golden Age of Peace and Plenty.

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Libra Music Has Verve

Libra Music as Effected by Instructor, Franz Liszt

Libra Music Has Verve and Drive to Spare. The month of Libra takes place September 23 – October 23. Some sources have a give or take of a day or two. The following is based on my upcoming book, Music Under the Zodiac. Hopefully, it will overall intention is to make musical therapy more pointed. However, much is also written in the spirit of fun.

Composers born during the month of Libra music include: George Gershwin, John Philip Rameau, Dmitri Shostakovich, Paul Dukas, Heinrich Schutz, Camille Sain-Säens, Giuseppe Verdi (Joe Green translated to English), Ralph Vaughan Williams, and our featured composer: Franz Liszt.

Libra Music as Written by a Libra Comoser
Franz Liszt’s music had the power, verve and drive of Libra, an air sign.

What was Liszt’s thought process that made him a great virtuoso? It was his approach to piano practice. This I gleamed from my own teacher, Mischa Kottler. He didn’t say “practice, practice, practice.” Many used to say, the way to Carnegie Hall was directed by this repeated word.  Mischa  rather said, practice slowly and one hand at the time. Kottler learned the art of piano practice from Emil von Sauer. In turn, Sauer studied with Franz Liszt.

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Mischa Kottler, my teacher, studied with Emil von Sauer. In turn, Sauer studied over two summers with Franz Liszt in Austria.

Liszt not only practiced slowly. He would practice each element of the music slowly. He would practice being rhythmically precise with each hand. He would work the dynamics that he wanted. If two notes were to be played by the right hand, he would strike them exactly together. Playing as close as possible to exact togetherness was most important. It makes each note resonate more beautifully.  A 10th of a second brake between even two notes was not to be tolerated. He developed a special technique for playing the ubiquitous two note phrase.

So why am I not touring the world as a great pianist? Like so many, I was too impatient. Slow and hands separate practice was not for me. I thought I was better than “slow”. Now I’m older. This type of practice is making all the difference in the world.

Libra Music in the Balance of Fast and Slow

Finally, let’s tie all this into the scales of Libra. The opposite of very slow is ultra fast. By slow practice, you acquire precise and accurate speed. One extreme rocks the other. You can “practice, practice, practice” and never get good. As Mischa would said to me: “David, you are only perfecting your mistakes!” If practice takes hours upon hours, it’s because of the requited painfully slow tempo of meaningful practice. I changed my mode of practice late in life. It’s making all the difference in the world. And yes, I have room for a couple of piano students in Sarasota.