Numerical nature of ancient mathematics

Numerical Nature of Ancient Philosophy is Number Squares

Numerical Nature of Ancient Philosophy is Number Squares. There are three varied approaches to ancient mathematics. Today we will only examine “real numbers.” Categories 2 and 3 will be future blogs.

  1. Use of “Real numbers” being numbers 1 – 9.
  2. Synthetic numbers being 10, 110, 1110, 11110.
  3. Repeated “real numbers” as 11, 22, 33…Or; 111, 222, 333…Also; 111,222,333…. to the nines.*

Numerical Nature of Ancient Philosophy is Found in the Phrase “To the nines.”

Lyrics from “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”. You won’t believe me, all you will see is a girl you once knew
Although she’s dressed up to the nines.

  • Evita (New Broadway Cast Recording)

 

My blog traces the history of “to the nines” to prehistoric times. Number squares were of prime importance. What set the concept and pattern of the number squares in motion was the smallest. It is referred to as the grain of mustard seed in the Bible. It uses the numbers one to nine. Nine becomes the maximum. Higher numbers are synthetic.  For example: Ten is the total of any two opposite numbers around the perimeter of the featured picture.  Examples are 9 + 1 or, 3 + 7. They combine two or more numbers in set patterns. Ten, in the distant past, did not exist as an independent number.  In musical terms repeated patterns on different tones is called a sequence. They musically demonstrate a property we will study in number squares.

J.S. Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, first movement, bars 22-24

 

The meaning of this ancient number square is revealed in the phrase Dressed to the nines.  But the history of nines is much older than this defining quote. Perhaps some 10,000 years older. *”To the nines” is an English idiom meaning “to perfection” or “to the highest degree” or to dress “buoyantly and high class”. In modern English usage, the phrase most commonly appears as “dressed to the nines” or “dressed up to the nines”.[1][2]The phrase “dressed to the nines” is just a specific application of the Scottish phrase “to the nine ” The earliest written evidence of this phrase appeared in the late 18th century in the poetry of Robert Burns. Its meaning is “to perfection; just right.

Much more to come on the featured picture of the Grain of Mustard Seed  and categories 2 and 3. Keep checking the blogs.

Mexican Sun Pyramid has a blueprint

Mexican Sun Pyramid Draws on Platonic Codes

Mexican Sun Pyramid Draws on Platonic Codes. Yes, there is an ancient temple plan. It dates back to Neolithic times. Plato used it. It was employed all around the world in antiquity. I discovered it in a vision while hiking around the loop by Oquaga Lake.  The same Ancient Temple Plan also graces the Mexican Sun Pyramid.  I discovered it by means a vision while hiking around Oquaga Lake. The special character of the lake nature is described in my book of poetry on DSOworks.com: The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. It can be downloaded.

I was walking down the main road by Scott’s golf course when I had the insight that forms the basis of this blog.

Teotihuacán
 Pyramid of the  Sun (click to see picture source)

Coordinates: 19°41′33″N 98°50′37.68″W

Add the length of  the perimeters of the four  triangles ABC, ADC, ABD and CDB.  Each one totals 2520′ ( 738 + 738 + 1044 = 2520) .  Four triangles = 10,080. Next, use pi as 22/7. A circle around diameter of length 10,080 = 31,680.

Mexican Sun Pyramid Parallels Plato’s Writings

Plato’s Ideal City uses the same numbers in his desciption of the Ideal City.  He states in Laws V: “(1) Mark off 5040 allotments. They must be cut in two so that “each contains a near piece and a distant piece- joining the piece next to the city with the piece furthest off.”. That totals 10,080 markings of land (5040 on each side of the radius). That equals the total of the sum of perimeters around the 4 triangles of the Sun Pyramid as described above.  A circle drawn around diameter 10,080 has a circumference of 31,680 . As 10,080 x 22/7 = 31,680. The co-incidence goes even further. John Michell explains defines the area of each of its 2520 pairs of rings. The combined area of each of the pairs is 31,680. Both the Mexican Sun Pyramid and the Ideal City use the same number tradition of prehistory.  I refer my reader to The City of Revelation by John Michell pgs. 84-86

Conclusion: At one time there existed a peaceful formula for civilization. Due to some kind of cataclysm, everything was destroyed.  This possibility is discussed by Immanuel Velikovsky (/ˌvɛliˈkɒfski/; Russian: Иммануи́л Велико́вский; IPA: [ɪmənʊˈil vʲɪlʲɪˈkofskʲɪj]; 10 June [O.S. 29 May] 1895 – 17 November 1979) He was a Russian-Jewish independent scholar best known as the author of a number of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history, in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision published in 1950.[1] Earlier, he played a role in the founding of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, and was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

Conclusion: I think that ancient ruins hold lost knowledge. Uncovering and understanding what’s in these ruins provides possible pathway way to peace. I think we are approaching another Golden Age. How good is that?

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John Michell quotes Plato’s Laws V which one of my sources for this blog.

Music editor was the theme for daughter on this special recording

Whodunit Murder Mystery Frames the Piano Player

Whodunit Murder Mystery Frames the Piano Player. Fun, fun, fun! There’s never a dull moment in the Sarasota theater scene. That’s true even at  a Catholic retreat in the wilderness. It is called Our Lady of Perpetual Help: Retreat and Spirituality Center.  Sponsor of the murder mysteries is the  Florida Studio Theater. Click on their website. Link is below. They are one of the  major theatrical venues in Sarasota.

Whodunit Backfires on the Piano Player

I thought it would brilliant to play Chopin’s Funeral March right after the bad news came to the bride. It has the same rhythm Wagner’s Bridal Chorus. My mistake was I smiled. Oops!

The all star cast included Will Luera, Darryl Knapp, Steve Turrisi, Kathryn Parks, Angel Parker, and Tanner Sands. My daughter, Kathryn,  asked me to play the “Speakeasy” part of the evening. Kathryn and I performed from 6-7 pm. Great Gatsby era numbers were emphasized by us. The selections also included a number of George Gershwin arrangements that I made with my soprano wife, Sharon.  The murder mystery included a setting of a bride and groom. The groom has an unfortunate end right before the ceremony.

Here’s how it impacted me: The FST cast thought that as long as I’m there, why don’t I play the bridal chorus by Richard Wagner.  The show made use of improvisation on the spot. When the bride screams because of her groom’s demise, I suddenly started playing Chopin’s Funeral March. The audience, in context of the play, thought it quite humorous. Unfortunately, it had an unplanned side effect. Everyone had to fill out a ballot designating who they thought poisoned the groom. As I walked backed to the table where I had been seated, numerous people pointed to me. Then, to my shock, most of the guests wrote that I did the groom in. In fact, that was the deed of someone in the cast.  However, everyone, cast and audience loved the fact that my touch of humor threw a curve into what otherwise could have been a more predictable evening.  Needless to say, I was both shocked and amused at the results.  I hadn’t had so much fun in quite a while.  Let FST open up new worlds to you. After all, what’s life all about?

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Musical Inversions parallel the 5 Platonic solids

Musical Inversions of Triads Run Parallel to Platonic Solids

Musical Inversions Run Parallel to Platonic Solids. Two concepts must be understood. (1) Inversions of triads. (2) The regular polyhedron property called duality. I will demonstrate musical inversions with the “C” major triad. For our purposes, every other note starting with “Middle “C” on the piano. That makes for C-E-G. These notes can be turned around, A.K.A. inverted. Then we have E-G-C and G-C-E.  Musical inversions once more returns us to C-E-G. They look and even sound different.  But they are still the same basic 3 tones.

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The same C major triad in different inversions
Musical Inversions Parallel a Property called Duality Possessed by the Platonic Solids
The Circle of Fifths Fits the properties of the 5 Platonic Solids Like a hand fits a glove.

Now for the parallel property with the regular polyhedrons. First, we must look at a chart that defines their topological features. Note the octahedron-cube pair. The octahedron has 8 faces. The cube has 8 vertices. The octahedron has 6 vertices. The cube has 6 faces. Like musical inversion, the order changes from one to the next. We could also say the 2 geometrical figures are related like a musical inversion of the “C” triad.

Look at the next pair: The icosahedron has 20 faces. The dodecahedron has 12 faces. Next: The icosahedron has 12 vertices. The dodecahedron has 20 vertices.  Again we have a parallel to musical inversion. They may seem or look different. However, they simply re-arrange their topology but the same numbers.

The octahedron can be drawn inside the cube with vertices centered on each face of the cube (picture below). The same applies to the pair of the pair of the icosahedron and dodecahedron (picture below). Again, they are as closely related as inversions of the basic musical triad.

The grandest parallel between our music and the Platonic solids is found between the dodecahedron and our circle of fifths. Our circle of fifths has 12 basic key signatures (not counting enharmonic keys). Each one is located the distance of a musical fifth from the last one. The dodecahedron has 12 faces of pentagons (5 faces). You can superimpose the basic outline of the circle of fifths on a dodecahedron. Conclusion: over 2,500 years ago ancient civilizations thought of architecture as frozen music. Indeed, music and these 5 geometrical solids have strong parallels. To acquire the ability to gain such insights, I suggest musical instruction for our children. Plato said music should be mandatory study until the age of 30.

Cartesian coordinates
FigureTetrahedronOctahedronCubeIcosahedronDodecahedron
Faces4862012
Vertices46 (2 × 3)812 (4 × 3)20 (8 + 4 × 3)
Orientation
set
121212
Coordinates(1, 1, 1)
(1, −1, −1)
(−1, 1, −1)
(−1, −1, 1)
(−1, −1, −1)
(−1, 1, 1)
(1, −1, 1)
(1, 1, −1)
(±1, 0, 0)
(0, ±1, 0)
(0, 0, ±1)
(±1, ±1, ±1)(0, ±1, ±φ)
(±1, ±φ, 0)
φ, 0, ±1)
(0, ±φ, ±1)
φ, ±1, 0)
(±1, 0, ±φ)
(±1, ±1, ±1)
(0, ±1/φ, ±φ)
1/φ, ±φ, 0)
φ, 0, ±1/φ)
(±1, ±1, ±1)
(0, ±φ, ±1/φ)
φ, ±1/φ, 0)
1/φ, 0, ±φ)
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Neolithic number eight is on the piano keyboard.

Neolithic Number Eight Permeates the Great Pyramid of Egypt

Neolithic Number Eight Permeates the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Also the modern piano keyboard. Here’s how.

  • First use of eight (8). The featured picture illustrates an octahedron.  It is a symmetrical, eight-faced, triangulated figure. All angles at their corners are 60°. Bisect the featured picture across the square at the center. The bisected octahedron then becomes two square based pyramids.  The above I call the positive. The below I call the negative. All square base pyramids imply an attached equal and opposite pyramid.  The mere existence of any square base pyramid, implies a counterpart. Granted, the Great Pyramid of Egypt has differing angles. It uses isosceles triangles.  But, the extra four reverse-faced pyramid is still implied. When they are joined, the square bases become internal. They literally disappear. There no longer is a separated square base. We have our first usage eight. As,  4 faces (postive)  + 4 (negative) faces = 8.

2nd Usage of Neolithic Number Eight

  • Image result for picture of the book cover by John Michell the View Over Atlantis
  •  Each side of the square base measures 440 shorter Egyptian cubits. Shorter cubits are 1.718…feet. A more encompassing measure is the Great Cubit. It measures 55 shorter Egyptian cubits. Thus each side of the Great Pyramid of Egypt is 8 Great Cubits. 440⁄ 8 = 55.  Reference John Michell, The View Over Atlantis. Therefore the Great Pyramid is 8 x 8 Great Cubits.

Neolithic Number Eight and Musical Octaves on the Piano Keyboard

  • Last, but not least. We will tie the Great Pyramid into concert note A-440 and its octaves. Its essential measures come from octaves of the concert note A 440. A higher octave doubles the vibrations per second. The lower octave cuts them in half. The lowest note on the 88-keyed piano is “A”. It vibrates 27.5 times per second. On the Steinway below, it is the furthest note to the left.

The musical keyboard of a Steinway concert grand piano

Here’s the connection. The height of the Great Pyramid is 275 cubits. Neolithic builders freely multiplied and divided by 10’s. This is because 10 ten was considered a synthetic number in antiquity. Reason: It totaled any two opposite numbers on the 3 x 3 number square. Diagram is below.  4 + 6 = 10. Or, 9 + 1 = 10. Etc. We now have the following:
  1.  The note A,  underneath Steinway’s name, vibrates 440/per second.
  2. The lowest note on the piano, also an “A” vibrates 27.5 /second.
  3. The length of any side of the square base on the pyramid is 440 cubits.
  4. The height of the truncated Great Pyramid of Egypt is 275 cubits

Image result for picture of the 3 x 3 number square on dsoworks.com

 

 

Suite Sonata or are Sonatas No Longer Sweets?

Suite Sonata or are Sonatas No Longer Sweet?  In my blog this means is the sonata form no longer sweet or in vogue? Let’s define our two featured terms. Firstly, I must state that by sonata, I mean the sonata form. Here are the two terms with definition:

  • Suite: In music, a suite (pronounce “sweet”) is a collection of short musical pieces which can be played one after another. The pieces are usually dance movements. The French word “suite” means “a sequence” of things, i.e. one thing following another. In the 17th century many composers such as Bach and Handel wrote suites. In the Baroque period, a sonata was for one or more instruments almost always with continuo. A continuo is mostly not used in the sonata form of the classical area. A continuo  means a continuous base line.
  • Suite Sonata - Which One? Answer is on the cover.
    Suites were the way for composers to go in the baroque era. They reappeared in the Romantic era.

 

  • Sonata form, also known as sonata-allegro form, is an organizational structure based on contrasting musical ideas. It consists of three main sections – exposition, development, and recapitulation – and sometimes includes an optional coda at the end. In the exposition, the main melodic ideas, or themes, are introduced.  After the Baroque period most works designated as sonatas specifically are performed by a solo instrument, most often a keyboard instrument, or by a solo instrument accompanied by a keyboard instrument. Quite frequently, the older baroque “sonata” was performed by a group of instruments. The term evolved through the history of music, designating a variety of forms until the Classical era, when it took on its own specific importance. 

The Sonata form was, in a way, a rebellion against the musical vehicle of the suite. Styles in fashion, furniture, music, manners etc, change in cycles. The earlier Beethoven sonatas used the sonata form. His later extended sonatas are more of the freer Romantic era. Most agree that Beethoven was the transition composer that launhced that Romantic era of music.

Suite Sonata or Are Sonatas no Longer Sweet?

I predict that styles, taste and music,  the Suite will rise above other forms. Suites are perfect form carrying beautiful melodies.  Each number in a suite can carry its own melody. This was the practice of the romantic era. The Holberg Suite by Grieg is such an example. As a composer, I love the form of sites. Here are 2 examples of my compositions:

  • The Dance of the Zodiac- with numbers for each of the 12 zodiac signs.
  • The Ringling Suite- inspired by paintings at the John Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fl.
  • The Elemental Suite depicting the ancient belief in Earth, air, fire and water as elements.

Conclusion on Suite Sonata -The future will give sweets to the Suite. 

 
piano accompanying of a singer is quite different than an oboist

Piano Accompanying from Singers to Oboe Players

Piano Accompanying from Singers to Oboe Players. Talk about maximum contrast. A competent accompanist needs to be like a chameleon. Chameleons or chamaeleons (family Chamaeleonidae) are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of Old World lizards with 202 species described as of June 2015.[1] These species come in a range of colors, and many species have the ability to change color. Likewise, a good accompanist must have the ability to change styles like a chameleon changes color. This, of course, depends on who he’s accompanying. I have been fortunate to work with oboist Edmund DeMattia.  He is an incredible oboe player and conductor. He is also  into his 80’s. I have been receiving a wealth of much needed knowledge from him. Among his accomplishments:

Oboj.jpg piano accompanying
This humble, quiet looking instrument can be quite powerful,Much more than most singers.

 

  • The idea for a “national concert band” began in 1973 with discussions among retired and former members of the four major military service bands in the Washington, DC area. The organization’s two main purposes were to provide a way for area military musicians to continue to play after retirement, and to preserve the  concert band tradition of music in the United States, so prominent in the first half of the twentieth century.It was during conductor DeMattia’s tenure the Band participated in making the epic series of historic recordings of “The Heritage of the March,” produced by Robert Hoe of Poughkeepsie, NY.
  • The first conductor chosen was Edmund DeMattia, formerly principal oboist with the United States Navy Band. He was one of the founding members of the American Concert Band Association (ACB) and the National Concert Band became a member of this professional organization.

Ed and I are rehearsing regularly for an upcoming concert. We will do well known and established works for oboe.  My wife,  Sharon Ohrenstein, will also sing. Much of our music is original. I write the music. Shes does the lyrics. However, I must mention, Ed will also be performing also be playing one of my original works. It is called the Iguana Farm. Audiences go wild over it.

I will be piano accompanying for my oboe music called Iguana Farm
An real, genuine Iguana farm

Now here’s the difference between the voice and the oboe:

Piano Accompanying for Singers

  • Singers need  more of a background accompaniment. It is essential that lyrics be heard. Use the soft pedal on the piano. When music is marked forte, bring it down to mezz0 piano. If something is marked mezzo piano, bring it down to pianissimo, etc.
  • When the singer is tacit in  a piano solo section, then release your soft pedal. Play it full out.

Piano Accompanying for Oboe Players

Ed tells me “I need a full sound.” There is no concert band with us. We do not have 50 players. You are the only one. Contrary to the singer,  when the music is marked mezzo forte, play it full forte. When it is full forte, play it doubly loud. The bass must always be strong and solid, even with syncopated passages in the treble. Without these directions, the music can easily turn to chaos.

I have been so fortunate to work with experienced older musicians. (1) Piano lessons with Mischa Kottler (2) Accompanist to world renowned violinist, David Rubinoff (3) Work with Edmund DeMattia. I’ve continually built on my Master of Music degree from Wayne State University. Since I myself am becoming older, I wish to keep the tradition going.  I offer piano lessons in Sarasota; but for those who are interested the possibility of a career. Our concert date and place will be announced shortly.

 

Learning piano with the Best Piano Instructor, Mischa Kottler

Learning Piano With Mischa Kottler Thanks to My Dad

Learning Piano With Mischa Kottler Thanks to My Dad. This blog is in memory of my father. Much of the content will be in my eulogy for my father, Bernard Ohrenstein. He just passed away at age 97.  Dad was from Poland. He was a survivor from four years in the camps.

Learning piano with Mischa Kottler thanks to my father.
My father, Bernard Ohrenstein, saw to it that I studied with the best piano instructor, Mischa Kottler.

My father saw I had a flare for piano and composing. This was at age 11. He did everything possible to nurture that. I began composing as soon as we got the piano. He arranged for a solo concert of my eastern European flavored music at the local synagogue in Detroit. I was 12 years old when I played the concert.  Later that year wrote a musical play. He arranged for a presentation with renowned Detroit Mi  and Louisville Ky cantor,  Joseph Birnholtz.  I had been studying piano with a Mrs. Foster. At my 1st year recital I played the entire Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven from memory.

Learning Piano With Mischa Kottler

Dad then took me to the best, Mischa Kottler.  Mischa was  considered the finest teacher and prima piano player of Detroit. He headed the piano department at Wayne State University. He was the official pianist of the Detroit Symphony. He had his own radio program with WJR, On it, he played a different program every Sunday. My father paid for my college education and piano lessons with Mischa.

Minute Waltz (Mischa Kottler Version) – YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aziJb4KAcwA
Dec 28, 2013 – Uploaded by Joseph Beels
It gets better: When 1st accepted by Mischa, you were placed on a waiting list. Lessons could even be 2 months apart. So what did my father do?  Being a jeweler, he made a solid gold ring. He then sent the ring to Italy to finest craftsman. The head of Beethoven was carved  intaglio on a sardonyx stone.   Beethoven was set into the ring.  My father’s plan worked. I got regular piano lessons. Mischa wore the ring at every concert he gave. It was his pride and joy.  So what came of my learning piano with Mischa?
  • Even at my current age, I play six nights weekly at the Gasparilla Inn. There, I’ve entertained two American Presidents. Guests have also included members of the British House of Lords. I am currently completing my 8th year.
  • I married a wonderful book writer-lyricist, Sharon Ohrenstein. Together, we write and produce shows. Below are short youtube samples. They are from our newest show entitled, Golden Roads. Thanks to my dad (and mom, of course) I’ve had a wonderful life filled with love and music. My advise to parents with children: Do any of the following: Give them piano lessons. Teach them to sing; or, to play any other instrument. Joy for everyone will follow. Feel free to share this with friends.
Musical Backbone of the Cosmos is the 3 x 3 number square

Musical Backbone of the Cosmos is a Number Square

Musical Backbone of the Cosmos is a Number Square.Musical unity of the cosmos issues forth from the 3 x 3 number square. Notice that 8 boxes surround the central box in the featured picture. Be it ancient or modern, the number 5 is the crux of tones or key signatures:

  • In antiquity 8 the tones of the scale were derived from a series of ascending  fifths. For example, “C” to “G” or “G” to “D”.
  • In modern times (today) key signatures are derived from a circle of 5ths. In music theory, the circle of fifths (or circle of fourths when approached backwards) is the relationship among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and the associated major and minor keys. More specifically, it is a geometrical representation of relationships among the 12 pitch classes of the chromatic scale in pitch class space. *On ascending 5 tones to a new key signature, a new sharp is added that is 5 tones higher than the previous sharp. For example, G major has one sharp. It is an F#. D major has 2 sharps. It maintains the F# from the key of “G”.  D major adds new C#. Note: F#,G,A,B,C#.  Counting “F”, then  “C” is 5 letter names higher.
  • 16 Musicians are the musical backbone of peace.
    A true musical backbone of civilization is the symphony orchestra

Musical Backbone Set in the 3 x 3 Grid

Music comes in 8 bar segments. In the same way, on the featured picture boxes and their numbers, they are paired by opposites. For example, any boxed number and its opposite boxed number always totals ten. This includes 2 + 8. Or, 3 + 7, etc. Two paired boxes total 8 lines. This is at 4 lines per box.

  • In music the first 4 bars are called antecedent
  • The second 4 bars are called consequent

A complete musical song form typically uses 32 bars segments.  These are described by AABA. Each letter (A or B)represents 8 bars of music. Likewise, 8 boxes are encompassed by the circle on the featured picture. That makes for 32 lines: 4 (lines per square) x 8 squares = 32 lines.

Here is one for those who believe this blog is simply a “slight of hand.” Go around the perimeter. That is, the numbers surrounding the central “5”. Use two numbers at the time in either direction as follows. You get the same total. Here is the clockwise direction. 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. The ancients tuned to A-440. We tune to A-440.

Conclusion

A number of blogs on DSOworks  show the unity of the arts and sciences.  They demonstrate how this is effected  through the above featured number square. We know the way to peace. Why not follow the road signs? It’s that easy.

 

Durable melodies made by the wind at Chestnut lodge on Oquaga lake

Durable Melodies are Now in Great Demand

Durable Melodies are Now in Great Demand. Rhythm has dominated music. This has been for 60 years. In good times that’s fine. People then walk with a bounce, They’re happy. They freely spend from a seemingly endless stream of money. If difficult times melody needs to dominate music. It’s that simple. Something that clings to you is needed. Bounce and rhythm disappear after the song is over.  A good tune stays in your head.  I’ve spent many years by Oquaga Lake. Much of my creativity took place there. One of the quatrains I wrote on the lake states:

Time is just like music
Do not play too fast.
Speed burns too quickly
While melodies linger and last.

Durable Melodies  are Found at  Scott’s Oquage Lake House

James H. Scott and Elvira J. Wilder, married in 1845, left their home in Brattleboro, Vermont and moved by ox cart to Jackson, Pennsylvania. In 1869, Mr. Scott purchased a farmhouse and 98 acres of farmland on Sand Pond (later to be called Oquaga Lake) in Deposit, NY. The two moved in and within a year began boarding visitors at the Oquaga Lake Farm House. Lakefront property was purchased in 1873 and a resort theme was born. I, David, was their  house pianist for some 18 years.

Durable melodies as the lake literally song rhyme to me.
Durable melodies as singer-poet Steve de Passe teaches children how to fish on Oquaga Lake.

Placing  Melody and Rhythm in Perspective

Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time. The common elements of music are pitch (which governs melody and harmony), rhythm (and its associated concepts tempo, meter, and articulation), dynamics (loudness and softness), and the sonic qualities of timbre and texture (which are sometimes termed the “color” of a musical sound). Different styles or types of music may emphasize, de-emphasize or omit some of these elements.

Rock and roll stresses rhythm. The upcoming style will emphasize another aspect of music, that is, melody. Emphasis on melody can make those experiencing hard times happier. In that regard, I hope to be one of the leaders of the new sound. My wife Sharon arranges my compositions for concert band, orchestra, etc. Glory and Honor is a favorite. Enjoy the new sound here for free. The musical score and parts are also available for purchase. I have a piano arrangement. Contact us through DSOworks@gmail.com We have all the parts neatly printed with the Finale program. Invigorate your next celebration. Also enjoy the Civil War Re-enactors. They added the fire power and real gun smoke from their historical muskets under the conductor’s baton. Go ahead. Feel better. Share it with your friends!