Music as a Universal Bond and Bridge Between the Physical and the Divine: Transcultural and Medieval Perspectives

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Abstract

This article accepts the challenge to reflect on the cultural history of music as a transcultural and universally human phenomenon, particularly in the medieval context. To what extent has music played the same or at least similar function in endless cultural contexts all over the world from the past to the present? We know for sure that music has always been present at all age groups, in all ethnic groups, among all genders, and throughout time. There have always been local, ethnic types of music (folklore), and universally accepted manifestations of music (esp. classical music). The emphasis here rests, after an extensive study of music in global cultural-historical terms, on comments about music in medieval philosophy, mysticism, and literature because here we discover fundamental notions about music being the medium to connect the individual with the cosmic harmony, hence with the divine. In literary texts, above all, music was identified as the critical expression of identity, love, and religion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalRupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Boethius
  • Classic music
  • Gottfried von Strassburg
  • Hermann Hesse
  • Jörg Wickram
  • Martianus Capella
  • Music in cultural-historical terms
  • The Beatles
  • Transcultural music

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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