Musical Ornamentation was Once Quite Extensive. I refer to the baroque era. It also was quite a complex art. As you read, keep in mind music is always a litmus test for what is happening with civilization. Below is a portrait of Louis XIV. He was called the Sun King. His court at Versailles signaled the beginnings of the Classical Baroque era in art. Included in these arts were architecture, music, and fashion. Also, we have a diagram of an excerpt from Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 27 #2 across from Louis XIV. Chopin’s music fraught with exquisite details: Just like the Sun King’s dress. Chopin, having a French father, strongly identified with French culture. He lived for a while in Paris:
Frédéric Chopin was of both French and Polish background. He grew up in Warsaw. After the 1830 November Uprising in Poland, Chopin settled in Paris. At age 21, he took up his residence in Paris. He would live in nine other places there until his untimely death at age 39. Even if you do not play piano, look at the musical illustration. It simply looks quite frilly. A few notes could replace the incredible ornamentation use by Chopin. The music in sound parallels the dress of the King.
In addition to the French there was the Italian. The French school demanded being precise. This included with all the ports de voix, cadences, mordents, trills…
In contrast the Italian school permitted arbitrary ornaments. Schooling was combined with personal imagination. This included a number of different ways chords could be rolled.
The great musical bastion of the baroque era was J.S. Bach. He was quite familiar with French ornaments. It is known that he copied the ornaments of Dieupart. However, at times he used those of the Italian school. Like all great composers, his interests were not limited.
Final point: Beautiful melody, as Chopin and other Romantic writers once wrote, is returning. The American melody parallel is the Big Band music of the 1930’s. An education in ornamentation is part of the total package. Many more blogs will be upcoming on this subject. Keep checking DSOworks.com. Exciting musical events are in the making!
Geometrical Theology Relates to Number Squares. God is an infinite circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. This was stated by Nicholas Cuse- Nicholas of Cusa (1401 – August 11, 1464) was a Germanphilosopher, theologian, jurist, astronomer, cardinal and mystic of the Catholic Church. . Later Voltaire quoted the same definition. Voltaire rejected Blaise Pascal‘s philosophy of man’s depravity. He tried to steer a middle course: That meant that man was able to find moral virtue through reason. Because of this criticism of the church, he was denied burial in church ground. I use these two examples for the quote. for two contrasting reasons
This is because the quote by Nicholas was religious and traditional.
Voltaire’s was not religious in a traditional sense.
This blog offers a novel interpretation of the above quote. An archaeologist digs for lost artifacts. A philosopher digs for lost knowledge. There is only one number square whose center is everywhere. You could say the center even usurps the circumference when the square is encased by concentric circles. This is as illustrated in the featured picture.
How Geometrical Theology Relates to the 4 x 4 Number Square
Both the center and circumference of the of the 4 x 4 number square are filled by the essence of number 34. First, at the central point of any even number square are four numbers. This first even 4 x 4 square is the prime example. 7,10,11 and 6 occupy the center. Center’s sum = 34. Any straight row of 4 numbers also totals 34. This also applies to the four rows that make the perimeter. Hence each of the the four quadrants of the circle around this number square total 34. Thirty-four is one of the Fibonacci numbers.
Center total: 7 + 10 + 6 + 11 = 34.
Quadrant Perimeter totals:
4 + 14 + 15 + 1 =34.
1 + 12 + 8 + 13 = 34
13 + 3 + 2 + 16 = 34
Finally, 16 + 5 + 9 + 4 = 34.
More on Geometrical Theology Based on Number 34
If God’s center is everywhere, that means it is also defines the circumference. The center is literally everywhere in this number square. Therefore, this number square becomes the numerical symbolic translation of the featured quote: God is an infinite circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. The center by number 34 occupies the quadrants of the the circumference. Also see internal link below.
Countless Opportunities Appeared in Difficult Times. I’m referring to the Great Depression era: The early 1930’s. Conductor, violinist, composer David Rubinoff took it to the limit. Let’s begin with the The Chase and Sanborn Hour. It was a radio show umbrella title for a series. It included US comedy and variety radio shows. The half-hour to one hour show was sponsored by Standard Brands‘ Chase and Sanborn Coffee. It usually aired Sundays on NBC from 8 pm to 9 pm during the years 1929 to 1948. Violinist David Rubinoff (September 13, 1897 – October 6, 1986) became a regular in January 1931. He was introduced as “Rubinoff and His Violin.”
Countless Opportunities Included Concerts and Mass Media
Joseph Rubin, curator of the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum, contacted me for a lecture. This was last June 2, 2018 at the Circleville High School. He had read on our website, DSOworks.com, I worked with Rubinoff for 15 some years. I had been blogging about my professional association with this master conductor/violinist/ composer. Below are a couple of internal links. He graciously asked me to give a lecture about our association. Joseph also arranged for me to perform some of my arrangements with Rubinoff with violin maestro Steven Greenman.
Dave Rubinoff’s success didn’t stop with the Chase and Sandborn Hour. He was also the orchestral conductor of the Paramount Theater in New York. He conducted for Parmount Pictures in Hollywood. He gave spectacular concerts. These included one for 225,000 people at Grant Park in Chicago. What made Rubinoff rich? Times were difficult. How could one acquire wealth? The public needed the comfort that beautiful, quality music offered. He took advantage of the countless opportunities the times presented in this regard. This is good news for serious musicians. We need comforting and beautiful music once more. Please keep checking this website. Big events are in the making. `
Golden Anniversary Number Belongs to Venus. Does Venus have a number by which you can call on her? Yes. To find the Golden Anniversary number, look at its number square. The 7 x 7 belongs to Venus. Each of the ancient 7 planets had its own square of numbers. Sandro Botticelli painted the featured picture. It is entitled: Geboorte van Venus (1485–1486). Translated from Dutch: Birth of Venus. The painting contains 7 real flesh and blood figures. Botticelli invokes the 7 of this number square. Its dimensions, pictured below, are 7 x 7.
Now let’s see where the silver and gold anniversaries come from. Of course, Venus is the goddess of Love. Any 2 opposite numbers total 50. That is the number of the Golden Anniversary. The number of the Silver Anniversary, 25, sits at the center. Good news: Once you reach 25, by this ancient planetary model of Venus, you have a clear shot at 50.
But wait. The 7 x 7 number square goes further. All its numbers, added together, total 1225. Remember 12/25 is Christmas Day.
Golden Anniversary Number Defines the Jubilee Year
What is the Jubilee Year?
The jubilee year is defined in the Bible. It is found in Leviticus 25:8, 10. At the end of seven Sabbatical cycles the year was celebrated. All slaves were freed. Real property was returned to its hereditary owner. The scripture says: “You shall number seven sabbaticals….making 49 years…And you shall sanctify the 50th year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land…It shall be a jubilee to you.
Here’s wishing everybody a happy silver and golden anniversary- and much more this upcoming year. Feel free to share with friends.
Cosmic Eight Unites Spiritual and Physical Realms. This statement implies numbers are the highest reality. This view is reminiscent of the ancient Pythagorean School. “Harmony of the spheres” was the name applied to this concept.  It maintained that the planets and stars move according to mathematical equations. Ratios of these motions corresponded to musical intervals. Music was created by the motion of planets an inaudible symphony. . Music of the spheres usesmot only harmonic, but also mathematical or religious concepts.
Cosmic Eight Has a Special Place in Pool
The 1st and primary or strongest overtone is the octave. Appropriately, Dr. Billiards gives a relevant demonstration of the nature of harmonics below. The note one octave higher (eight diatonic tones) than the fundamental or primary note is the 1st overtone. You can hear its strength on the youtube demonstration.
Piano string harmonics and chords
YouTube – Jun 1, 2007
So What are some examples of the Cosmic Eight?
Eight numbers the measures in a phrase of music .
It defines the fundamental overtone of music.
Eight electrons in the outside orbital of an atom has greatest stability.
At the Great Pyramid each side of the square based is 8 Great Cubits. A Great Cubit = 55 smaller Egyptian cubits (1.71818…) feet.
One of the 5 Platonic solids is the cube. Eight corners give it definition. A number of holy sites were conceived as cubes. A prime example is the Ka’aba of Islam. Also, the back 3rd of the Temple of Solomon was where the Holy Ark was kept. It possibly was cubic.
Eight, as an octagon, is considered to be a compromise between the circle and the square.
The Hebrew verb for love is Ahav. Spelled with Hebrew letters. its gematria is eight. [אהב]. Gematria is the doubling of letters and numbers with the same symbol. Aleph is 1. Beis is 2. Hei is 5. Love, therefore, totals 8. Notice, Ahav’s 1,2, and 5 are Fibonacci numbers. God is love as John stated. Why not call on our Creator as love, or the Hebraic Ahav? Below # 8, & #9 are internal links on the subject. My insights came in the mountains by Oquaga Lake pictured below. I was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. The lake was the former home of the Lennie Lenape tribe.
Reincarnation as per the Great Pyramid is Upscale. Can numbers be read like words? What if at one time they were? Nowadays numbers use one side of the brain. Words use the other. At one time they were represented by the same symbol. That is called by the Greek word, gematria.
Today, language functions include grammar, vocabulary and literal meaning. These use one side of the brain. Numbers and music, on the other hand, tend to favor the other side. Words are typically lateralized to the left hemisphere. This is true especially in right handed individuals. Language production is left-lateralized in up to 90% of right-handers. It is more bilateral, or even right-lateralized, in left-handers.
So What Can Numbers of the Great Pyramid Tell Us of Reincarnation?
First, we need to look at perfect numbers. Read the internal link below. You’ll see how 28 is a perfect number. Also, ancient civilizations did not recognize zero as an independent number. Why is this important? The height of the Great Pyramid originally was 280 shorter Egyptian cubits. That cubit is 1.71818… feet. Twenty-eight is the essential number. However, a 5 cubit tip has been missing since time immemorial. Legend has it, if it ever would be restored, a Golden Age would return. This event can be read by numbers. Twenty-eight is perfect. The Great Pyramid would be perfect when 5 cubits are added to its 275 cubit truncated height. Thus: 275 cubits + 5 cubits would equal 280 cubits.
Let’s Continue Read its Numbers to Arrive at Reincarnation
The Pyramid’s square base is 440 shorter cubits on each side. The Hebrew language gives us a clue as to the meaning. In Hebrew the word for death is pronounced, “mate”. In the game of chess, losing is called checkmate.
Mate is spelled with two Hebrew letters as mem and tav (מת). Remember, the letters double as numbers.Mem is the symbol for 40. Tav is the symbol for 400. Thus 40 + 400 = 440. Here is how death, reincarnation and perfection can be read at the Great Pyramid. Death is horizontal- flat out. That is the 440 (mate) position that measures each side of the flat square base. We strive for perfection by rebirth until we reach the height of perfection. That is incorporated by number 280. Again, 280 cubits is the height with the restored tip. Twenty-eight is a perfect number. So we are reincarnated until we go as high as we can go in the ancient Egyptian view. Then, there is no need for more incarnations.
Perfect Numbers are Attached to People and Civilization in Surprising Ways. First, what are perfect numbers? In number theory, a perfect number is a positive integer. It is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors. Of course, that excludes the number itself. Look below. The 1st four perfect numbers are 6, 28, 496, and 8128. Euclid knew of these numbers. He generated the formula.
Euclid proved that 2p−1(2p − 1) is an even perfect number whenever 2p − 1 is prime (Euclid, Prop. IX.36).
For example, the first four perfect numbers are generated by the formula 2p−1(2p − 1), with p a prime number, as follows:
for p = 2: 21(22 − 1) = 6
for p = 3: 22(23 − 1) = 28
for p = 5: 24(25 − 1) = 496
for p = 7: 26(27 − 1) = 8128.
Perfect numbers become incredibly high quite quickly. The point is they are quite sparse in the number scheme. The first three (6,28 and 496) make surprising appearances. Let’s begin with number 28.
Perfect Numbers Explain the Use of the Lunar Calendar
It takes 27 days, 7 hours, and 43 minutes for our Moon to complete one full orbit around Earth. This is called the sidereal month. It is measured by our Moon’s position relative to distant “fixed” stars. However, about 29.5 days to complete one cycle from new Moon to new Moon. The average of the two lunar cycles is about 28 days. The solar days of the year are not a perfect number. Human hands we have a perfect 28 total. Explained in the picture below.
The 10th Emanation on the Tree of Life Uses 496
In Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. The doubling of letters and numbers is still called by the Greek name, gematria. The Tree of Life has 10 emanations. They are represented by 10 circles. The 10th is called Makuth. This translates to “Kingdom.” Malkuth has a gematria of 496. By using this 3rd perfect number (496), the intent is that our Creator sought perfection in Creation. This word is used throughout the Bible.
Johannes Brahms – His Life was Marked by Extremes. This is especially true with the ladies. He had a difficult time striking a happy medium. After Schubert, Brahms has become my favorite composer. His music has such a soul searching quality. I feel musically he was always searching for ideal love. Brahms was also charitable. To help out his family, he gave music lessons. He also played the piano in taverns, bordellos and local dance halls in his early teens. He never married. I quote The Classical Music Experience by Julius H. Jacobson. In his chapter about Brahms:”That (taverns) was my first impression of women…..And you expect me to honor them as you do?” The constant rough work with irregular hours affected his health. However, his attitude toward Robert and his wife, Clara Schumann, was totally different.
Brahms first visited the couple in Düsseldorf on 30 September 1853. Both welcomed him warmly. Robert was highly enthusiastic about the young man’s compositions. He went so far as to call the coming savior of German music!
However, Robert Schumann was becoming more and more unbalanced. He attempted suicide and was hospitalized. Brahms often visited Schumann in the hospital, . His friends, Joseph Joachim and Albert Dietrich, came with him. Brahms then lived with Clara and the children in the Schumann house. He became was helplessly in love with Clara. He wrote in frustration during 1855: “I can do nothing but think of you… What have you done to me?Can’t you remove the spell you have cast over me?” All accounts point to them as having had a strictly Platonic relationship.
How Johannes Brahms Paralleled Scott Joplin in America
Scott Joplin, like Brahms, played bordellos and taverns for income. He was also hailed by Europeans as the first great, original, legit, American composer. Kaiser Wilhelm of Austria is quoted as saying, at last someone has produced authentic, original American music. The King loved ragtime! Joplin officiated the American style of fun and syncopation. In this way he was not only a savior, but also, the father of American music. Enjoy my rendition of Scott Joplin’s Entertainer.
Conclusion: It’s fun to make comparisons. Who would ever think to compare Johannes Brahms with Scott Joplin? And yes, I have one or two openings for piano students in Sarasota.
Reviving Beautiful Music at Circleville, Ohio Lecture. A concert has just been given concert to commemorate a violinist that I worked with for some 15 years. His stage name was Rubinoff and His Violin. My lecture is soon to be accessible.
The performance also included an élite 28 piece orchestra. During intermission, I played the Ohrenstein/Rubinoff arrangement of the Fiddler on the Roof with violinist Steven Greenman. He is a master violinist. Like Brahms and Bartok, he composes and collects folk music. Recently, his tour of Poland included Krakow. Below is a sample of his exquisite violin playing. This youtube post currently has over 67,000 hits. He plays from the soul. His music take you out the petty cares of the day. He then places you in touch with your soul. For the Circleville concert, Steven played Rubinoff/Ohrenstein arrangement of the Fiddler with feeling, polish and finesse. Rubinoff would have been quite pleased.
Joseph Rubin was the conductor of the orchestra. He also was the organized the concert. The Maestro contacted me for the event. What a busy schedule! He is the curator of the Ted Lewis Museum in Circleville, Ohio. I have the link to the Museum below. It’s more than worth the time to fully examine the link. The concert was held at Circleville High School:
We’ve currently had some 60 years of mostly rhythmically dominated music. Time and trends go in cycles. A prime example is found in classical music. J.S. Bach passed away in 1750.The rococo and classical movements endured until approximately 1810. At that time, Beethoven led the transition to the Romantic era. I think that the times are about to elevate proponents of beautiful music. That’s when the Circleville Three (Joseph, Steven and myself) will become prominent. Of course, the movement will be carried by countless others. I say, let the Ted Lewis Museum lead the way. Please support this Museum. Answer affirmatively to the Ted Lewis question: “Is everybody happy?”
Cotton Club was a Center for Celebrities Like Rubinoff and Durante. Why am I blogging about this? Because in these times: Let’s all get happy. Please share this with everyone. Spread the cheer!
I worked with Rubinoff and His Violin for some 15 years. He is seated at the piano in the featured picture. Durante is playing Rubinoff’s violin.
Rubinoff was at the show biz heart of both of New York and L.A. In the 1930’s he grossed hundreds of thousand of dollars annually.
I think we are about to return to glamour and good times. I hope to help that along. It’s time we all had “fun”. Let’s start with Betty Boop. Then we’ll continue with Jimmy Durante and others. Durante was famous for his “big nose”. Everyone seemed to have a gimmick.
First, who was Betty Boop?
A title card of one of the earliest Betty Boop cartoons
James Francis “Jimmy” Durante and Rubinoff were great friends. Durante (February 10, 1893 – January 29, 1980) was an Americansinger, pianist, comedian, writer, and actor. His famous nickname was The Great Schnozzola (a reference to his big nose). He was also known for his deep raspy voice. His gimmick was saying: “Ha-Cha-Cha-Chaaaaa!”. He won an Emmy Award in 1952.
The Cotton Club Thrives
As for the Cotton Club: Dave told me about how he enjoyed the Club in 1930’s. There was always good food and entertainment. When Rubinoff arrived they always played the theme from his radio show: “Give Me a Moment Please.” He first met Durante at the Club. He also met such celebrities as: Cab Calloway. Lena Horne, Satchmo, Ethel Waters, Joe Louis, Louis Armstrong, and, of course, The Great Schnozzola.
Rubinoff told me he also had special reserved tables at Club 21, Mama Leoni’s, Trocadero’s and Lindy’s. I ask my reader: Is that having a good time, or what? Finally, Jimmy Durante was a regular on The Chase and Sandborn Hour with Rubinoff. Once when Eddie Cantor, the host, went on holiday, Durante substituted. Below is an internal link. It tells some of my story with Rubinoff. I hope to spread the fun!