Learning the Way of God More Perfectly
James Bible 1611 Then and Now
Outline of audio sermon:
for an Absolute God
Going Way Beyond Absolute Music - the Fall & the Crash
The Design of Japheth's
(as always, there is preaching within the audio that
you won't find in the notes/outline)
Blessed is the people
that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy
The sound of late Baroque and early Classical
is so clean, most folks are bored with it and can't even listen to it,
let alone appreciate it and be edified by it. That is how corrupted
we have become over the 'beat' and 'design' of modern music today.
Review and Introductory Comments:
Review the order and absoluteness of Absolute
Review the Romantic, etc.
Listen to the clarinet tonight and see how
much the music has changed over the years...
This will be even MORE torture to your ears tonight.
TV / movie soundtracks have seared our ears.
some for sounds, some for
scary scenes, some for demented stuff, some for witchcraft, etc.
thank you Walt and Harry!
Play audio clip of Mozart clarinet concerto excerpt
to 'remind' us of the clean sound!
During this time in America, we have John Philip
Sousa or early jazz / ragtime piano.
Piano has been wonderful in America's homes.
Band's have peaked in America - music has flourished
with hymns, etc. in common areas.
Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) was busy writing her
We are talking about Europe for all this Japheth
music direction and growth & fall.
This modern stuff sure does show the defiled and
seared mind of the modern lost person.
It is no wonder that the music of Ham was so
welcome to some folks during these days.
And this stuff takes an "education to understand"
as well as constant listening to in order to have it 'grow' on you, they
say. Yes, like a wart!
This is beyond the fall - this is the crash!
Remember - these descriptions are 'theirs' in
the music history world.
We can surely see how that is leaven leavening
the whole lump.
(In their own words...)
A huge change comes about.
The major minor system what worked for centuries
past is being questioned.
This music movement parallels painting as it begins
to be hazy instead of the clear, descriptive paintings of the past.
This is the start of breaking away of tradition -
the major-minor scale system.
Composers think that music has been used to its fullest
possibilities, so they begin to investigate older, Medieval sounds and
the sounds of other cultures.
Many dramatic changes in the basis of harmony, melody
Debussy and Ravel
The major-minor system is based on the pull to the
tonic note. This was being rejected during Impressionism as too obvious.
In this period, you rarely hear the resolution from
dominant to tonic announced triumphantly at the end of the music. Instead
they used more subtle harmony with more emphasis on dissonance as an essential
part of their music instead of as a brief moment of tension.
The whole tone scale, built entirely on whole tones,
is prominent in Impressionist music.
Parallel chords, such as parallel 5th and 8ths, were
forbidden in Classical music but were used commonly during this period.
Romantic music used full, lush tones to express emotions,
whereas Impressionism depended on floating colors and blending tones.
Impressionist rhythm do away with the regular beat
of Classical rhythm, and instead used floating rhythms that has no regular
Small forms such as preludes and nocturnes prevail.
There were two important composers of this era:
Debussy and Ravel.
Debussy (1862-1918) was born near Paris.
He studied at the Paris Conservatory when he
He always shocked his professors with unusual
harmonies that defied the rules. His music was first attacked as lacking
melody, form, and substance. But later its intensity and subtlety of nuance
made it and Debussy famous. The beginning of war in 1914 drained him of
all his enthusiasm in music, and he died 4 years later of cancer. He is
celebrated as one of the more distinguished representatives of French music.
Debussy created his own style in writing for the
piano. He used widely spaced chords in parallel movement, contrast of low
and high registers, blending of sounds with the pedal, and clash of overtones.
One can see the influence of non-Western elements in many of his works.
Ravel (1875-1937) was born in Ciboure,
He showed a lot of artistic talents in his youth.
He entered the conservatory at the age of 14 and stayed for 16 years.
Ravel's music was criticized by audiences and
critics at first, but eventually it attained acceptance and made him famous.
Near the end of his life, Ravel was plagued with
a rare brain disease that slowly drained him away. He decided to undertake
a dangerous operation in 1937 and died from it.
Like Debussy, Ravel was fascinated by the impressionist
painter's images. He was attracted to foreign and Medieval music. Unlike
Debussy, his rhythms are more incisive, with more sense of key, dissonant
harmony, and broader melodies.
Music of the Twentieth Century
Can it get worse? Yup!
(again, in their own words)
The most obvious trend in Twentieth century music
is the break away of tonality. It is rooted in the reaction
against Romanticism, trying to capture the freedom associated with primitive
Later twentieth-century composers turned towards
internationalism, aleatoric music, experimentation, and technology as a
source of their art.
The music of the twentieth century is innovative,
unusual, and increasingly unfamiliar to our ears. Many new elements appeared
in the new music that are unthinkable by tradition.
Rhythm, for example, went from the regular, symmetric
rhythm of the past to the irregular rhythm patterns based on 5, 7, 11,
or 13 beats to a bar that is constantly changing.
Polyrhythm, or the use of more than one rhythmic
pattern at the same time, came into being.
Melody changed from the vocal tunes of the past to
having wide leaps and odd intervals that have no relation to the voice.
Harmony went from the triads (3 notes) and 4 note
chords to the complex 6 or 7 notes of modern music, adding increasing tension
that's never heard before
The chromatic harmony of the last 19th century led
to the use of all twelve tones around a center.
Polytonality, or the use of two keys simultaneously,
was used by such composers as Stravinsky.
Atonality, the total break away from tonality, considers
all twelve tones within a scale to be of equal value.
This is most associated with the composer Schoenberg,
who took it a step further to create Serialism, or arranging the twelve
tones into a tone row that serves as the structural basis for the composition.
In the twentieth-century, the piano is increasingly
used as an instrument of percussion.
Traditionally, consonance is considered as the element
of rest and dissonance as the momentary tension.
In twentieth-century music, however, dissonance becomes
normal and can even be used as the final cadence as long as the chord before
is more dissonant than the final chord. Listeners are taught to accept
those new sounds as they never did before.
Composers such as Stravinsky and Bartok injected
a rhythmic vitality into piano music.
There are many composers of the twentieth-century
that are worth mentioning: Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Prokofiev, Lutoslawski,
Cage, etc. Many of them contributed significantly to piano music.
The style of twentieth-century piano music is
The listener is encouraged to listen to many
examples and become familiar with the different styles. Occasionally, pick
up a "new age" composition, practice it and perform it, as a good way to
expand your musical knowledge. Twentieth-century music is an acquired taste:
you may not favour it the first time you hear it, but the more you listen
to it, the more you will understand the subtleties of music that goes beyond
melodies, simple harmonies, and regular rhythms.
This stuff was and is horrible,
but comes into our homes with TV and videos and computer games, etc.
For of this sort are they which creep into
houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins,
led away with divers lusts,
II Timothy 3:6
We ought to give our mind clean
and godly music
that is based on clean and Godly
And Praise Him with Absolute Music!
And Remember - His 'Pure' Music
is the King James Bible!!