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  1. Daniel Eckel

    Great video…love the history to aid in answering the question

  2. D H

    Great video! I think the pythagorean idea of what I would call objective harmony(that there are mathematical relationships of sound that naturally correspond to beauty and goodness) points to the religious nature of music. Some of the most beautiful music has been composed for religious purposes, and not simply because of societal/economic structures of the times of their composition. There is an objectivity to beauty, something absolute and unchanging, and those who engage in the contemplation of God, who is truth, goodness, and beauty, find the most powerful expression of him and his grace in the composition of music. And this is universally recognized – if you look in the comments section of the video for Gregorio Allegri's Miserere here on youtube, some non-Christians and atheists have posted that while they do not believe in Jesus or God, this music and the sentiments that drive it are the most beautiful thing they've ever heard.
    Plato always bothered me because he failed to account for Original Sin in his anthropology, and so he blamed evil action entirely on ignorance, and it makes perfect sense that he would think that if music has a moral quality, then it will improve a person's moral stature by enlightening them in some way. While it is conducive to opening our hearts to goodness – as beauty does – it obviously doesn't "make" us better people. Plato.

    One other thing about the idea of objectively good music – the coherence of impersonal mathematical relationships of sound within an impersonal material universe with the human psyche and emotions(which are personal), points to a broader coherence in all of creation – which points to a source(God) who is both a creative power and a person. Or how are there mathematical realities, theoretic or material, which touch our emotions and our souls, material sounds that affect us personally?

    I also think music serves as a form of memory. When I see the words "Haec Dies" and recall the music, it brings me back to the liturgical mood in which it was sung, the million times we practiced it, the reflections of the liturgical season. Music can become a repository for the spiritual riches that were received, can recall them in times of darkness and doubt. Music can remind us of where we have been and who we have become – "memory is the keystone of identity" – Charles Chaput.

    I really look forward to reading your book!

  3. Debbie In CT

    Beautiful!  Thank you for sharing. I can't wait to read the book.

  4. maytc2011

    Great video! Hope you can make more!

  5. John McGuire

    So refreshing to hear someone mention philosophy, magic and antiquity! Are you familiar with the title by the late great Kurt Seligmann? Or the present-day lecturer Josef Doležal?

  6. Jorge Enrique Mújica, LC

    Gracias por este video y las explicaciones tan interesantes, padre Andreas!

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