How to teach Music to a Programmer – I
Posted by rafinhaviolino en agosto 11, 2008
Music is not something that is closed to a group of people. Everybody can hear music, sing or dance. But the music had different meanings in the past and here I will try to explain a little of the little that I know.
The word “music” came of the “muse”. This is because the Ancient Greeks were used to see the music as a thing to find the beauty and truth. On that time they believed that the music was a gift from the gods, and that it could cure diseases and do miracles.
The music was learnt by all the society, and mathematics and music had same importance. But wasn’t just with numbers that the music had relation. Also with astronomy, sports…
They were used to think that a person should practice all. A man that just practices music would be pretty “female” while one that just practice sports would be rude.
But more than that they though that the kind of music you hear will transform your character. Because of it Plato forbids melodies that could show calm and a peaceful spirit to soldiers and the people who were being prepared to be chiefs of the State. Just the Dorian and Phrygian modes were used on those cases (representing courage and continence. That thing about “modes” I will explain better then!).
The name of that thinking is “Doctrine of Ethos”.
It’s a little complicated show how music was important on Ancient Greece, we don’t have examples of how the Greek music sounds. But for it you just need to read the Greek philosophers and will be able to see how everything had importance on that society.
But just to give an example of that importance I let here a saying by Plato: