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updated mon 24 sep 01


Janet Kaiser on mon 24 sep 01

The epitome of an educated person is when they hear the
William Tell Overture and they immediately think of
this wonderful musical interpretation of the legendary
Swiss freedom fighter, NOT the Lone Ranger...

Had to laugh at this "definition" on the radio today.
But it would also be an example of music not to play in
a classroom situation. Not unless you actually require
some fairly manic activity.

Further to what I wrote yesterday and after pondering
the question, whilst listening to Gregorian chanting
all day, I would add that anything like military
marching music is not a good idea either. I remember
the one day it was on (by request), people were
whizzing in, around and out of the place in
double-quick tempo! Indeed, any music which affects us
physiologically as well as subconsciously should be
well considered.

I think we underestimate the hidden power of music
these days. Some types of rhythms and scales were
actually banned by the Church in the middle ages,
because of the undesirable affect they had on people
and traditional dance music was banned by the
Reformists in Wales in the 18th-19thC because it
excited people into lewd acts!

Janet Kaiser
The Chapel of Art . Capel Celfyddyd
Criccieth LL52 0EA, GB-Wales Tel: (01766) 523570

----- Original Message -----

> Artimator...who is that masked man anyway.........?
Jim in Denton