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MUSIC
ETHNIC MUSIC
Polyphony
Fixed Time – Constant Flow
of Time

 



The Free Realm of Musical Creativity

 

 

Polyphony –
the Play of Freedom


The True-to-Life Form of the Music of Our Future


The Path from Homophony
to Polyphony


The Baton of the Conductor-Gladiator in the Conventional Performance

 

New Tasks for Music Education from the Polyphony

In the system of polyphony, on the other hand, homophony is only one of infinitely many possibilities, and it represents the totally unreal, the nonmusical case in which time is fixated – and its flow constant.

Thus homophony, as opposed to polyphony, represents every kind of heavyness.

Polyphony, however, fulfils all requirements for the freedom of musical creativity. It is the realm in which the motifs, under the motherly guidance of the sequence-technique, can unfold into infinite multiplicity and expand throughout all the musical sound-spaces, thus structuring and enlivening the world of music in the same way as children fill the home of the family with life.

In polyphony the musician finds a manifold world of mental- spiritual freedom – that freedom which in a free play structures the inner world of man and thus is the world of beauty, the world of great orders.

Polyphony is the ancient, immortal, lively form of music, the true-to-life form of the music of our future. It means freedom for the paths of the motifs, for the unfoldment of the melodies, for the leadership of the sequences.

The great classical forms of music distinguish themselves by striving with great impetus from homophonic towards polyphonic forms, thus inspiring man to greater personal and social freedom of unfoldment. Quotation

Having brought to perfection the side-by-side playing under the baton of the conductor, the conventional practice of performance is, as far as inner-human values and education are concerned, very little prepared for the free world of polyphony and thus for true music. In terms of polyphonic performance, consequently, entirely new tasks emerge for the music education.

Genuine musical performance finds it fulfilment, when true musicians glorify each other by harmoniously playing together without a "gladiator" at the conductor's podium enforcing monotony.

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THE SYSTEMS
OF ORDER
IN MUSIC

Tonality

Differences
in Understanding
as Reflected by Language

The Beginnings of Musical History

"New Sound" Composers of the 20th Century and the Range of Intervals

Advancing
to the Transcendental
Play of Music

Musical Insight
into the Culture
of Peoples

Musical Relationships

The Musical Path
to Self-Knowlegde

Homophony

Polyphony

The Counterpoint

The Threefold Perfect
Form of the Harmony

Relations in Music

 

 

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