Saturday, June 29, 2013

Shambhala & Music

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MOZART...."My most favorite person in music, Mozart...sat in the sense that his mind became blank before he composed. Some kind of mind-less-ness in the Buddhist sense has to take place."..(Trungpa: 1996..pg 20)...

"Poetry, linguistic expression, and music are identical as far as I am concerned."....(Trungpa: 1983..pg xx)

"I once went to hear the St Matthew Passion in Oxford. This was such a great discovery. Experiencing the tremendous heroism and spiritual passion in that atmosphere of sanctity, that I felt as though the occasion was my own private feast. From the beauty of the music I gained further appreciation of the Western legacy. My Tibetan friend panicked and thought I was in danger of being converted to Christianity."..(Trungpa: 1983..pg xx)

Alexander Scriabin was a Theosophist....interested in Nietzsche's Übermensch theory, and he devised a quartal synthetic chord, often called his "mystic" chord.... Scriabin planned a multimedia work to be performed in the Himalayas (Shambhala) that would bring about the armageddon...Scriabin associated musical keys with colors....the key of D major was golden-brown;....E-flat major with red-purple...(synesthesia, a condition wherein one experiences sensation in one sense in response to stimulus in another)........ His ideas on reality seem similar to Platonic and Aristotelian theory though much less coherent. ...Scriabin also used poetry as a means in which to express his philosophical notions, though arguably much of his philosophical thought was translated into music, the most recognizable example being the Ninth Sonata ("the Black Mass")....In 1907 he settled in Paris with his family and was involved with a series of concerts organized by the impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who was actively promoting Russian music in the West at the time. ...In 1909 he returned to Russia permanently, where he continued to compose, working on increasingly grandiose projects. For some time before his death he had planned a multi-media work to be performed in the Himalayas Mountains (Shambhala), that would cause a so-called "armageddon", "a grandiose religious synthesis of all arts which would herald the birth of a new world". Scriabin left only sketches for this piece, Mysterium, although a preliminary part, named L'acte préalable ("Preparatory Action") was eventually made into a performable version by Alexander Nemtin.

D.H. Lawrence @ Lobo Ranch, near Taos, New Mexico.....July 1924.....""To tell the truth I am sick to death of the monotheistic string......It has become monomaniac. I prefer the pagan many gods, and the animistic version. Here at this ranch in Taos, looking west over the desert, one knows that all of our Pale-Faced and Hebraic monotheistic insistence is a dead letter....the soul won't answer any more. Here we have a camp under the hanging stars, and we sit with the Indians around the fire, and they sing till late into the night, and sometimes we dance the Indian thread dance.....".....Lawrence's primary literary effort was to re-sacralize the world, to awaken in his readers their long lost power to recognize the sacred in themselves and in the living environment....."

MUSIC...dbyangs: song, melody, tune....code songs...brda tshig: coded verses...dbyangs 'cham: dance performed to a chanted melody..."Then there is Gita, the female bodhisattva of song." (Trungpa:1975..pg 20)....."the nine melodies (gcong dgu) used for chants during the rites which enable one to communicate directly with the diverse classes on non-human beings." (Norbu: 1995..pg 46)..."the nine melodies have names of various animals: dragon, garuda, goose, peacock, cuckoo, lark, parrot, raven, and bee." (Kvaerne: 1971..pg 221)...Water Music by Handel..."a beautiful Turkic girl sang 'A Lover in Autumn', swathed in a beautiful green silken veil." (Clark: 1954...pg 334)..."Marpa sang in the melody "Outstretched Wings of a Soaring Garuda"...(Nalanda: 1980..pg 353)......"Her song transformed into a battle cry. She breathed deeply and quickly, her eyes lit with a victorious glow."..(Kharatidi: 1996..pg 63)...

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS...."Shangs: the gshang is a small metal plate with a clapper in the concave side, rung by holding the instrument between the thumb and index finger of the left hand. It corresponds to the tantric Buddhist bell (dril bu)." (Norbu: 1995..pg 240)..."The Shang was also used by the Pawo. It is made of Li metal. It is also used by dancers from Kham." (Nebesky: 1952..pg 151)...drums...the rNga chbung: a small double-faced drum used by the Pawo, similar to the damaru drum of Indian and Tibetan mendicants." (Nebesky: 1952..pg 151)...."Drum divination (Ngamo..rNga mo) uses a huge, flat drum (nga). The rNga chbung is similar to the mChod dam." (Nebesky: 1952..pg 153)...."The Altaic drum was about 3 feet across with 9 metal rings through the fingers of each carved hand." (Kharatidi: 1996: pg 58)

INDO-EUROPEANS...."The ancient Indo-Europeans possessed a poetic tradition and a poetic language of which fixed formulas and metrical patterns survived in Vedic and Iranian literature. The evidence indicates that there were songs of praise with shorter, basically octosyllabic verses, beside recitative gnomic poetry with hendecasyllabic verses already in Proto-Aryan times." (Yarshater: 1987..pg 687)...

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John Hopkins.....Northern New Mexico….June 2013

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