Sunday, November 11, 2007

Harmonics and news

A rainy Saturday in the Big Spud. Much needed rain. Rain becomes percussion as it falls on the roof. Spent part of the afternoon at the piano playing to the sound of rain, working out an arrangement for Autumn Leaves, and playing, practicing many other pieces; my compositions and arrangements.

As our friend P talked about his trip to Europe, he mentioned visiting Château du Clos Lucé where Leonardo Da Vinci spent his final days. I looked up Da Vinci to learn more about this amazing polymath. Even though long dead, Da Vinci continues to make the news. An Italian musician, Giovanni Maria Pala, claims that Da Vinci may have coded a short piece of music into "The Last Supper." He says that if you draw the five-line musical staff across the painting, the loaves of bread and the hands of Jesus and the Disciples could represent musical notes, which, when played, results in a 40 second "hymn to God." (It must be played right to left; the method Da Vinci used when writing notes in his journals). Since Da Vinci was a musician, among his many talents, and was so interested in experimentation within forms, experts say this could be plausible.

In other music news, a Spanish violinist is living in a transparent box for a week on a busy street in Madrid. Patricia Argüelles said she "hopes to gain inspiration from living under the gaze of strangers." Perhaps she’ll find coded music in the dramas and conversations of passers-by. Or maybe she just wants to make the news…


Where you have harmonic proportions, you can find music.
~ Alessandro Vezzosi, director of Tuscany's Da Vinci museum

It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
~ Winston Churchill

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