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What is behind this brief and at the same time unusually capacious phrase – “Victory songs”? Very, very much: four years of incredible exertion of physical and mental forces lying in the ruins of the city, millions of dead, captured and captured in enemy captivity. However, it was the song that really raised morale and helped not only to survive, but to live. Contrary to the saying “when guns say muses are silent,” the muses were by no means silent. WHAT ARE WE WITHOUT MEMORY? As far back as 1943, at the height of the war, when its scales were swinging in one direction or another, the front-line correspondent Pavel Shubin wrote the text of a song called the Volkhov Feast. It contains many precise geographical indications of the settlements: Tikhvin, Sinyavin, Mga. Continue reading
Gregorian chorales, Gregorian chants … Most of us automatically associate these words with the Middle Ages (and rightly so). But the roots of this liturgical chant go back to the late antiquity, when the first Christian communities appeared in the Middle East. The foundations of the Gregorian choir took shape over the II-VI centuries under the influence of the musical system of antiquity (odic chants), and music of the East (ancient Jewish psalmodia, melismatic music of Armenia, Syria, Egypt). The earliest and only documentary evidence depicting the Gregorian choral dates back to the third century. AD It is about recording a Christian hymn in Greek notation on the back of a report on harvested grain on papyrus found in Oksirinha, Egypt. Actually the name “Gregorian” was given to this sacred music by the name of Pope Gregory the Great (c. 540-604), who basically systematized and approved the main body of official chants of the Western Church. Continue reading
Musical culture in its deepest meaning has long gone beyond the circle of music lovers in the modern world. The widespread use of music in order to influence the human condition has now become almost total. The property of music to influence the state of a person is used now in therapy sessions, advertising, cinema, etc.
The direction of music therapy and music suggestion, which is not sufficiently studied by modern psychological science, brings, among other things, unexpected results of using music to influence the state of consciousness, especially on a massive scale. Continue reading