Some Music Guys Say Profound Things

This post is to bring a comment from another neighborhood to my VOX-y friends here.

Leonard Jones posted this today and I liked it.

I've heard this phrase a lot: "when we all get in unison, speaking with one voice, then great things will happen"
In musical terms the unison is probably the most powerful of all musical tools, (but it is not the only one.)
The most famous phrase in all of music history is the opening figure in Beethovens 5th Symphony:
da da da da………..          da da da da………….
The whole orchestra is playing in unison, then something very interesting happens, Beethoven uses the same figure in different configurations and this becomes the harmony. Every instrument saying basically the same thing but in it's own voice and in its own way.
Even Beethovens 5th would be tedious to listen to if it stayed in unison the whole time, anyone who has studied the Gregorian chants, knows how boring unison music can very quickly become .
We do need to be in harmony as much as is possible and then there will be the times where we really need power, at that point the only thing that will do it is the unison.



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5 thoughts on “Some Music Guys Say Profound Things

  1. This is interesting GP. Unison is also the most difficult to do well. Slight variations stick out far more in unison music. That's why vowel shapes & tuning are so important. It sounds like a different note if you have slighty different shapes of vowels. When those vowels line up…gold; bliss; metropolis of goosepimples. I suppose the same could be said for the body of Christ.
    The best way to line up vowels is to look at each other. That's also a great lesson for the Body of Christ.
    Beethoven's 5th has a multitude of spiritual applications as well. Beethoven was working out his issues in his music. They demonstrate his battle and ultimate victory. He may not have had victory in his life but his music sure did. He spoke volumes with his harmonies. It's a wonderful study if you haven't already studied Beethoven's music.

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