Musical Museum Sponsors Memorable Concert under the Baton of Maestro Joseph Rubin. Oh my gosh. I now have a tiny place in the Ted Lewis Big Band Museum. In the featured picture, I am in the lower right corner standing with Rubinoff. What is the basis for this claim to fame? I worked with David Rubinoff and His Violin for some 15 years. My capacity was as his arranger and accompanist. Maestro Rubin read one of my Rubinoff posts. They are on DSOworks.com. He contacted me to be a part of a Rubinoff commemoration concert. The concert was June 2, 2018. Steven Greenman was the distinguished violin soloist.
The photo below of Rubinoff and myself was taken in concert in 1984. Dave was 86 years of age. Our entire concert is below the picture on youtube. Just click on it. In his heyday, Dave was a national phenomenon. This was to the tune of as much as $500,000.00 annually in the 1930’s. Serious musicians (those who only played classical) were envious. However, the point is, whatever Dave touched was superbly played. Many examples of him are now posted on youtube. Many of these show him playing at his peak. Also below is an internal link with a “Rubinoff” story.
Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984
Ted Lewis’ band was second only to the Paul Whiteman band in popularity during the 1920s. Paul Whiteman led a usually large ensemble and explored many styles of music. He blended symphonic music and jazz. An example was his debut of Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. Many say Ted Lewis played more real jazz than Whiteman. This is especially true with Ted’s recordings of the late 1920’s. American history at the musical museum is quite rich. Much is in the works on DSOworks.com. Keep watching.
New Artistic Cycle as per Rossini in 1868. His words apply to now. I thus begin this blog with the quote by opera composer, G.Rossini. It is from his letter dated June 21, 1868. It states: ” Delight must be the basis and aim of this art. Simple melody-clear rhythm.” My source is Serious Music-and All That Jazz. It was written by Henry Pleasants. He contributed articles on European musical events to The New York Times. He also wrote regularly for Opera Quarterly. He alsowas London editor for the magazine Stereo Review. He also was the London music critic for the International Herald Tribune.
I, blogger, David, just gave a concert at under the sponsorship of the Ted Lewis Museum. I am also a composer of opera. My book writer and lyricist is my wife, Sharon. Our opera, to be announced, uses melody in a big way. Rhythm, of course, must always be solid . However, in our opera it will take a back seat to memorable melodies.
Check out the internal link right below. I worked with Rubinoff for 15 years. Rubinoff and His Violin made up to $500,000.00 yearly in the 1930’s. His secret was playing beautiful melody better than anyone else. Yes, “There’s gold in them thar hills”
Pleasants relates a 2nd applicable quote. Joseph Addison wrote the following the The Spectator. It is dated April 3, 1711: ...Taste is not to conform to the art, but art to the taste. The public is longing for what is beautiful. As stated in the lyrics found in the musical ‘ Ain’t Misbehavin:
Find out what they like, and how they like it, and let him have it just that way Give them what they want, and when they want it, without a single word to say
Number squares are a key part of many ancient religions. The basic number square was 3² + 4² = 5². The “octave” (numbers doubled) expression becomes 6² + 8² = 10².
Judaism, Through Number Squares, Call on Love. Compassion and Kindness
Here is but one example of how Judaism uses number squares. Many religions also use them. In ancient languages letters and numbers shared the same symbol. This was called by a Greek name, gematria. Judaism calls on the qualities in the above heading through the first 12 Hebrew words of the most sacred and key prayer: The Shema Yisroel.
Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One. Blessed be his glorious kingdom forever and forever.
בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד.
Now, refer to picture of Tree of Life above. Those who have been reading the blogs on DSOworks.com already know how ancients had the same symbol for both numbers and words. The formula for figuring out the sum any row of numbers on a number square (as per Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan) is the sum of the numbers in any row, cubed + plus the total number of numbers in that row, then divided by two. This is found in Kaplan’s Meditation and Kabbalah, p.163.
“Love” invokes the 13 x 13 number square Thus, the characteristic number of Chesed-Love is 13 x 13 x 13+ 13/ 2 = 1105. The first 6 words of the Shema total 1106, as spelled above. One was allowed for the presence of the Blessed Name.
The characteristic number of Netzach-Victory is 2465. As 17 x 17 x 17 + 17/ 2 = 2465. The total of the entire 12 words of the Shema is 2464. Again one is allowed, by tradition of colel, for the presence of the Blessed Name.
Ancient Divine Path is also Found by Using the 6, 8, 10 Right Triangle
The ancient divine path is all about number squares. When realized, finding the way to emanation #1 comes with a map. Here is the equation: 8² + 6² = 10². The journey requires intense effort. That is the essence of squaring numbers.
We start the journey from Hod (8) -pictured above. We must bend from the path on the left pillar of severity (pillar defined by 8,5, and 3). Then travel in the direction of mercy on the right. If we don’t make the effort, trouble comes from being harsh and severe.
Mercy, on the other hand, is found to the right on the tree. From emanation 8, on the left, we must travel toward emanation 6 (Tifereth).
As pilgrims in search of love, mercy and compassion, we are then able to travel straight up to emanation #1.
When we learn to become kind and forgiving, we bend away from rigid severity on the left. We can embrace mercy. In this way we can finally be at one with our Creator. The Pythagorean equation”: has meaning on many levels. It is coded by number squares and by emanations of the Tree of Life.
Fibonacci Forgot the Number Squares. First, what are the Fibonacci numbers? The Fibonacci numbers are a sequence of numbers in mathematics named after Leonardo of Pisa. Fibonacci wrote a book in 1202, called Liber Abaci (“Book of Calculation”). He introduced the number pattern to Western European mathematics. Mathematicians in India already knew of it.
Here we start with #1.This is because zero was not considered a number in the remote past. In the more modern series, number one repeats. Each number after that is equal to adding the two numbers right before it together. For example, 1 + 1=2. Then 1 + 2 = 3. Next, 2 + 3 =5. Next, 3 + 5 = 8. This sequence can go on forever. Note: Five breaks the consecutive number series of 1,2,3. It skips number “4”. Therefore, I call five the 1st distinct Fibonacci number. It is also the first central number of the 1st number square of the series. It sits at the center of the 3 x 3 number square.
A Fibonacci spiral created by drawing a line through the squares in the Fibonacci tiling. This one uses squares of sizes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34; see Golden spiral.
What Fibonacci Forgot is Key to Understanding
We just mentioned the centrality of #5 in number squares. Number 13 is at the center of the 5 x 5 square. All evenly numbered squares have 4 numbers at the center. The 4 x 4 square is the 1st such square. Its 4 numbers of 7,6,10 and 11 total 34. This is yet another Fibonacci number that comes from the heart of number squares. The most remarkable is the 3 x 3 number square. It actually frames the infinite Fibonacci series by using repeated fives. Many blogs on DSOworks.com are about this very topic. Here are just two internal links.
Open Mind in my Book of Poetry-The Oquaga Spirit Speaks. Who or what is the Oquaga Spirit? She is an essence that dwells around Oquaga Lake. I believe the spirit is that of an American Indian. She was of the Lennie Lenape tribe. Lenape kinship system has matrilineal clans. Children belong to their mother’s clan. From the mother’s clan, children gained social status and identity.
I (David) was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga lake House. My employment covered a span of about 25 years. In the mornings I’d stroll and the spirit would be afloat. “So much she needed an ear, she ignored my tranquility.” Some years we did not go to the lake. That was primarily when our children were in school. Over the decades the spirit changed her mode of communication. She primarily used two forms of poetry. Also, she instructed me on the hidden codes in number squares. I have been sharing her wisdom through this website.
Rustle, Rustle, Rustle Goes the Wind – Mentions an Open Mind
Quote from the Spirit’s Poem, Rustle, Rustle, Rustle Goes the Wind:
Open the windows of you mind
To let the summer breezes through.
Then the scented summer wind
Will swoosh by to renew you.
In the 1980’s she preferred iambic pentameter in quatrains.
During the 1990’s she spoke in rhyming, triple meter. She also communicated her poetry in quatrains Here’s how quatrains are beneficial: . Quatrains of poetry invoke Jupiterian influences. Jupiter is the thinking-person’s planet. It is the guardian of the abstract mind. This planet rules higher learning. It bestows a yen for exploring ideas. This is both intellectually and spiritually. Number squares were once the guiding light of lost Golden Age. Also of key importance importance was the simplest number square. Ironically, it is also the most complex. It actually hides infinity. Check out my internal link below. You don’t even need an open mind for this blog. The math speaks for itself.
Quatrains, in sets of four, invoke the 4 x 4 number square. Musical phrases also come in sets of 4 bars. They are called antecedent and consequent phrases. This same number square hides the pattern of the Fibonacci series. I believe we will enter a new Golden Age of Peace and Plenty. The wisdom of the American Indians can lead the way.
Below is an internal link to a poem entitled “Future Fog”.
$7.99 Oquaga Lake is located up the mountain from Deposit, NY in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains just across the border to Pennsylvania. This spring-fed lake is rated one of the cleanest in New York State. At points it’s over 150 feet deep. The lake’s diameter is about a mile across. Overall, its outline resembles a bear.
Enhancing Jupiter Creates Harmony. With this blog I again try to delve into the destroyed past. So much has been ruined. For one, the Library at Alexandria was burned down during Roman times. It was the jewel par excellence of ancient knowledge. In general, conquerors made it a habit to destroy even traces of their subdued civilizations. Another example was ancient Carthage. It also was subdued by the Romans. About 50,000 Carthaginians were sold into slavery. The city was set ablaze and razed to the ground. Only ruins and rubble remain (feature picture). How did philosophers of the past attempt to prevent such occurrences?
Jupiter was thought to the great benefactor of mankind. This is symbolized in the woodcarving of the listless angel pictured below. It displays the classic 4 x 4 number square in the background. Ancient civilizations used this number code to call on the beneficial effects of Jupiter. In the carving, this square is mounted underneath the bell. The bell meant to draw her attention to it. When it does, she will cheer up. Being a musician, I have blogged extensively about harmony. Reading the 3 internal links below will offer background on this little known topic.
Enhancing Jupiter – This planet was associated with luck, fortune and wealth.
Plato refers to the 272 as the number of harmony in his Canon. Harmonia was the wife of Cadmus. Her name in Greek, spelled with the letters add up to 272. This is by the rules of gematria. Here is the connection between the 4 x 4 number square and harmony. Total all the numbers from 1 – 16 on this square. The sum is 136. Multiply 136 x 2 = 272. Harmony is therefore the twice enhanced value square of Jupiter. That poses a question: Is a person who finds harmony in his is life twice as happy as one who has only found wealth?
Enduring or Endearing, We Must Often Choose which we prefer to be. I’m writing this blog to demonstrate a point: Composer/musicians are much more enduring than world renowned musicians who do not compose in a significant manner. I was inspired to write this blog from a description of Charles Hallé found in: The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present written by Harold C. Schonberg.
Charles Hallé, detail of an oil painting by G.F. Watts (1817–1904); in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
First who was Charles Hallé? Sir Charles Hallé, original name Carl Halle, (born April 11, 1819, Hagen, Westphalia [Germany]. He died October 25, 1895, in Manchester, England. He was a German-born British pianist and conductor. He founded the famed Hallé Orchestra. He also gave frequent piano recitals in London and was knighted in 1888.
Sir Charles Hallé was fascinated by Beethoven. He gave a Beethoven concert in London in 1848. That started the Beethoven ball rolling. Schonberg, music critic for the New York Times, writes about how afterwards he played Beethoven at a number of parties given by ladies who heard that 1848 Beethoven concert. By 1852 he gave semi-public recitals consisting of only Beethoven’s music in his own home. In 1861 he gave similar recitals at St James Hall. However, at St. James his Beethoven program had a plan. He played all of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas over the span 18 recitals. Supposedly, he was the 1st in history to accomplish this.
How Enduring is Sir Charles Hallé Compared to Beethoven?
Another composer he advocated was Hector Berlioz. Yes, Sir Charles did compose. But it seems like conducting and piano concerts by other composers (especially Beethoven) were much higher on his list of priorities. “So”, you might ask, “where am I going with this”? Sir Charles Hallé made his reputation primarily as a renowned musician and champion of other composers. How many people worldwide have heard of him? On the other hand, Beethoven made his reputation as a composer/pianist. Now I will ask the question in reverse: How many people have not heard of Beethoven? Incidentally, you might be interested in my internal link below. Beethoven was quite the Mason.
Now for my own prediction: Music trends will once more place the composer/pianist on a pedestal. The pianist who does not compose and merely tries to outdo everyone else on the piano , will not rise very high in the new era of music that is quickly approaching.
Great Kiva in Chaco Canyon & Glastonbury Abbey. Yes, you read the title correctly. They can be directly compared. Numbers by area or length illustrate the principle to which a holy site was dedicated. St Mary’s Chapel and the Great Kiva used the same number: 166.5. There was an ancient goddess tradition: The numbers used were considered more basic than the units of measure that defined them. Check out my internal link to the Glastonbury Abbey Archives below. Then look the my featured picture above. It is is of the Great Kiva in the Chaco Canyon. The Canyon had 37 ceremonial centers. The largest was that of the featured picture. It was 53 feet in diameter. That makes the diameter 166.5 feet.
But, you say, how can you compare area to circumference? How can you compare feet to megalithic yards? In ancient cultures number stood supreme. I am certainly not the first to say this. I recommend studying the voluminous works s of author, John Michell in this regard. My specific reference in this case is to his City of Revelation: on the Proportions and Symbolic Numbers of the Cosmic Temple. Published by Ballantine Books, New York, 1973. I reference pages 44-46.
A Good Reading Source for the Great Kiva in Chaco Canyon
My source for the measurements of the Great Kiva is Mysterious Places:The World’s Unexplained Symbolic Sites, Ancient Cities and Lost Lands edited by Jennifer Westwood. The Chaco Canyon civilization dates back to 1000 A.D. They had complex urban residences. There skill in stonework was above the European at the time. They also were consummate basket weavers. There weaving was waterproof. Even their unearthed gaskets today are still waterproof. Their artistry in pottery used elaborate geometric patterns. They are known by their Navaho name, Anasazi. Yes, there once wa a universal civilization. It was based on number squares. Especially used was the traditional 3 x 3. 1665 is prominent on this square. The internal link just below tells where it is hiding.
Ten Fingers set the Limits for Counting for the Honest. I reference Henry David Thoreau. Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers. On extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! Henry David Thoreau, WALDEN: Or, Life in the Woods.
The numbers 1 – 5 were basic in ancient measure. The ancients were even more simplistic than stated in the quote by Thoreau. You could count the fingers on one hand to understand ancient sacred philosophy. Here are but of examples of ancient math using the 1st five numbers.
Our first example uses the same total as numbers one through five squared: Please follow the process: Total triple straight combinations on the 3 x 3 number square that total 15. This is done by three boxes in straight lines: First here is the product of the 1st five numbers: 1 x 2 x 3 x 4 x 5 = 120. On the square find 8 separate combinations of numbers totaling 15: Three are horizontal. Three are vertical. Two are diagonal: Horizontal first: 4 + 9 + 2 = 15. Next, 3 + 5 + 7 = 15. Then, 8 + 1 + 6 = 15. Next we tally vertical combinations: 4 + 3 + 8 = 15. Next, 9 + 5 + 1 = 15. Then, 2 + 7 + 6 = 15. Diagonal combinations are: 4 + 5 + 6 = 15. Then 2+ 5 + 8 =15. Thus, 45 + 45 + 30 = 120. Again, this is the same total as product of the numbers 1 – 5.
The primary unit of distance measure around the world was the megalithic mile. It was 14,400 feet. John Michell and Robin Heath amply cover this unit in their writings,
Again, look at the 1st five numbers. 1² x 2² x 3² x 4² x 5² = 14,400. Of course, the basic numbers of the Pythagorean right triangle are the 3, 4, 5. . It states tthe square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. Thus, 3 ² + 4² = 5².
The sum of the areas of the two squares on the legs (a and b) equals the area of the hypotenuse.
We Hardly Need Even Ten Fingers for Counting
Let get even more basic: 1 ² + 2² = 5. That defines the center of the 3 x 3 number square. There are five regular polyhedrons called the Platonic Solids. If you say so what? The pattern continues: Take numbers 2 and 3: We see that in likewise fashion 2² + 3² = 13. On the 5 x 5 number square, 13 is the central number. Thirteen also defines the number of semi-regular solids. See the internal link below for pictures of the 7 basic number squares of antiquity.
To end this blog, I reiterate the three words by Thoreau: Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! Even ten fingers are too many. Why simplicity? It can help us regain a lost Golden Age of peace and plenty.
First Impressions are Long Lasting Here’s Why. Over some 15 years I toured with Rubinoff and His Violin. I served his pianist and arranger. Two questions beg to be answered. What was His Violin? What is an arranger? His violin was the Romanoff Stradivarius. A Stradivarius violin could be worth hundreds of thousands to several million U.S. dollars . The 1697 “Molitor“ was once rumored to have belonged to Napoleon. It sold in 2010 at Tarisio Auctions for $3,600,000. It was, at the time, a world record.
Next, what is a musical arranger? It is best described by means of a story. A man walks by a pet shop. It was Summer. The doors were open. He hears this unbelievably beautiful singing coming from a canary inside the shop. He asks the pet ship owner: How much is that songbird? I think I would like to buy her. The owner replies, “She’s five dollars.” The man exclaims, “Wow. Only five dollars. I think I’ll buy her”. The pet ship owner answers: “Not so fast. Do you see that ugly, scraggly, looking bird over there?” The man replies, “Yes.”The owner replies: “When you buy her you have to buy him. And… he’s $100.00.” The man is shocked: “Why would I want him for $100.00 when I can just have her for $5.00? The pet store owner replies: “He’s the arranger.”
An arranger sets the musical context for a melody. It can be compared to the background around a subject of a painting. With the canary story, first impressions were wrong. In the joke (based on truth) she needed the arranger to showcase her voice.
First Impressions Can be Lasting Impressions for Children
This internal link immediately below has Rubinoff and I playing in New York in the Catskills at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. He was 86 years of age at the time. Its link is connected to connected to Youtube. It is called, Lost Concert Found.
Rubinoff and I played a number of school functions. One was for the chamber orchestra at a middle school in Venice, Florida. I must say they couldn’t have cared less for his Stradivarius violin. That was because he carried the violin in a genuine alligator skin violin case. It was made in Germany. It had all of the original fins. Of course, that would impress any child! Please share with friends. My upcoming concert commemorating Rubinoff will be in Circleville, Ohio on this June 2nd. Click on all events for details. Hope to see you there. And yes, I have one or two openings for piano students in Sarasota.