Which song gives you an unearthly feeling

Where heaven and earth meet

Many epoch-making musicians saw themselves more as a medium for transcendent sounds than as independent producers. Gustav Mahler described himself as "an instrument on which the universe plays" and Bach said that although he played the notes, he did not make the music himself. The Long Night makes it clear that the spiritual dimension of music is the undercurrent of many contemporary artists, even in the secularized modern age. Musicians, poets, philosophers and, above all, the music itself give expression to the sound of eternity across all genres during the long night.

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In the beginning what the drum - in the beginning there was the rhythm, they say.
Or maybe a pre-form of the melody as a warning call, lamentation or cry of joy? Which came first: the language or the targeted musical expression? Does the shaman, who tries to humming and dancing to banish evil spirits to the evocative drum sounds, combine music and linguistic expression?

One of India's most famous contemporary musicians, Hariprasad Chaurasia, master of the bamboo flute Bansuri, describes the common sound substance of heaven and earth as follows: "The sound is always there. When you are quiet, the sound comes from within and that gives you that devoted, divine feeling . Everywhere you will find sound. Even if you stand outside next to a tree, you will hear the trees rustling and the winds fly in your ear and that gives you a wonderful sound ".

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Music day and night
a bright, calm song of the reeds.
When it fades, we fade
Jellaludin Rumi

Music is more than the sum of melos, rhythm, harmony and dynamics.
It exceeds its parameters, which form its inner skeleton, so to speak. In this sense Beethoven wrote "that music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy".

Music is of the highest importance and at the same time "meaningless" in the strict sense of the word. It demonstrates futility in a purposeful world. And precisely because music has no purposeful rational meaning, it carries the possibility of an existential, empirically inconceivable meaning. It refers to the ultimately unspeakable - the mystery.

"There is no intellectual logic in music. There is certainly that in everything that is not music. If someone says: too fast, too strong, they don't know anything.
The essence of the music, that is, the music itself, is not even in the notes: it is nowhere. Out of time. She becomes in the transcendence ".
Sergiu Celibidache

The ostensibly disenchanted world corresponds to a broken musician's life, which first has to re-gain access to the spiritual dimension of music. Everyone will have to answer for themselves whether they experience Mozart's unfinished Requiem as a fall into nothingness or as a door to eternity. But especially in the face of the fragility and paradox of human existence, the momentary experience of music seems to make the experience of a successful existence possible - even if only for a moment.

"We are all music that is carried forward by our destiny.
Everyone has a key within them that they may or may not know how to decipher;
Happiness can only be achieved by harmonizing one's being with the tone it expresses. "
Helène Grimaud

The experience of a supernatural emotion through musical sounds cannot be produced willingly and is not accessible to everyone in the same way. But it always presupposes an existential touch. When Mozart's Magic Flute evokes the power of love, a Mahler symphony traverses the unifying cycle of life, or a Schubert song sings about the pain of parting, we are given moments in which we can settle down with everything that defines life. Perhaps music always shows an unearthly quality when it reflects a struggle for the final secrets of existence or when it celebrates the beauty and depth of the world. Especially when it comes to the big issues in life like fate, love, death or the meaning of life. Ultimately, there are no linguistic answers to any of these questions. It is the musical messages woven into tones and melodies that give us an inkling of the answers.

Especially the moment when the music is silent, but the sound is still in the room and continues to sound within us, can open the soul for eternity. The time itself is then converted. From a time that can be measured in minutes and seconds into a time beyond the linear time flow.

"Every time I hear an orchestra getting in the mood before the concert starts, I experience the moments before the music starts as music. The chaos of sound contains the music. During the pause in the silence, the music is already present. The music is already" da ", before anyone hears it. The divine is coming and going again. We are only granted it for a short time, for a timeless time.
Luise Rinser

It is about tuning the soul back to its own tone through which it can experience the infinite ".
Hazrat Inyat Khan

"What we need is silence ........
We don't need to fear this silence ........
We could love her ....... "
John Cage


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Thoughts of great musicians
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