• Book Of Lambspring: Invocation

    September 12, 2019 00:46

    The Book of Lambspring is a short work dating from 1556 consisting of an introductory section followed by 15 emblems (images) with mottos. In 1678, verses were added. The Book of Lambspring is a work of spiritual alchemy, with few references to physical alchemical processes at best — it seems unlikely that it could ever have provided any clues to someone engaged in physical experimentation. Instead, it is a clear statement of the inner work of the spiritual alchemist. Its verses point to the soul and spirit involved in the alchemical transformation from the ‘lead’ of sin to the ‘gold’ of spiritual achievement, and its fifteen emblems are evocative symbols of these inner processes.(more )

  • A Canon

    August 26, 2019 14:04

    A ‘canon’ is a polyphonic piece of music in which a musical line, called the ‘dux’ (Latin for ‘leader’, pronounced like ‘ducks’) is repeated in other voices but offset in time. ‘Row row row your boat’ is a well-known example... (more )

  • Article: “Organum and Persona”, Pesic

    August 18, 2019 12:34

    The article Organum and Persona, Peter Pesic, argues that the development of polyphony (starting in the 9th century) had a basis in the deepening of the Christian idea of the Trinty — multiple ‘persons’ yet one unity, likewise in polyphonic music multiple voices yet one coherent piece.(more )