VOLUME 5 NUMBER 2
The notion of music, seen from the concept of sound as the life
force, becomes huge; but somehow we assent to it. It "strikes a
chord," and the very expression witnesses its truth; as P. L.
Travers would say, it is in our bloodstream. Our questions are too
small, it seems, to be answered; music is indefinable because it is
a movement toward something larger than our vision--creation
itself, a structure of universal order whose top vanishes in the
clouds. Steve Reich, the searching composer whom we have
interviewed in this issue, has written elsewhere that "listening to
an extremely gradual musical process opens my ears to it,
and it always extends farther than I can hear." What the
laws of music and vibration reveal is precisely this structure in
which we can find our roots and our reason for being, all the more
convincingly because the vision is reflected in all other aspects
of existence as in an infinite series of mirrors. The vibrant sound
which is the life force is also movement and heat and color. The
law of the octave echoes through the light spectrum and through the
cycles of every human life. --from the editorial Focus
MUSIC, THE WAY OF RETURN Herbert Whone
Sound and Music as the root of our existence.
SCHUBERTIANA Tomas Tranströmer
DREAMING NOTHING David L. Lavery
Sounds in the Night.
FIGURES OF THE MUSICIAN Peyton Houston
THE TEMPLE OF MUSIC Tom Moore
Resonating images in the work of Robert Fludd.
COYOTE'S SONG David P. McAllester
Animal cries in Navajo song and ceremony.
ON MUSIC Rainer Maria Rilke
VARIATIONS: A Conversation with Steve Reich
An American composer in touch with tradition.
THE CELESTIAL ORCHESTRA Howard
A short story.
THE RESOUNDING COSMOS AND THE MYTH OF
DESIRE Robert Lawlor
Myths at the heart of cosmic movement.
FRESH WINDS FROM THE ANDES Susan
Tahuantinsuyo takes its music home.
EPICYCLES: Traditional Stories from
around the WorldORPHEUS Greek
Retold by David Espinosa
Retold by Anne Himler and Paul Jordan-Smith
THE OAK OF THE TWO BLOSSOMS Irish
Retold by Thomas White
THE SILK DRUM Japanese
Retold by P. L. Travers
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