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Pythagorean Philosophy and its influence on Musical Instrumentation and Music is the harmonization of opposites the unification ofdisparate things and the conciliation of warring elements Music is thebasis of agreement among things in nature and of the best government in theuniverse As a rule it assumes the guise of harmony in the universe oflawful government in a state and of a sensible way of life in the home It brings together and unites - The Pythagoreans Every school student will recognize his name as the originator ofthat theorem which offers many cheerful facts about the square on thehypotenuse Many European philosophers will call him the father ofphilosophy Many scientists will call him the father of science Tomusicians nonetheless Pythagoras is the father of music According toJohnston it was a much told story that one day the young Pythagoras waspassing a blacksmiths shop and his ear was caught by the regular intervalsof sounds from the anvil When he discovered that the hammers were ofdifferent weights it occured to him that the intervals might be related tothose weights Pythagoras was correct Pythagorean philosophy maintainedthat all things are numbers Based on the belief that numbers were thebuilding blocks of everything Pythagoras began linking numbers and musicRevolutionizing music Pythagoras findings generated theorems andstandards for musical scales relationships instruments and creativeformation Musical scales became defined and taught Instrument makersbegan a precision approach to device construction Composers developed newattitudes of composition that encompassed a foundation of numeric value inaddition to melody All three approaches were based on Pythagoreanphilosophy Thus Pythagoras relationship between numbers and music had aprofound influence on future musical education instrumentation and The intrinsic discovery made by Pythagoras was the potential order tothe chaos of music Pythagoras began subdividing different intervals andpitches into distinct notes Mathematically he divided intervals intowholes thirds and halves Four distinct musical ratios were discoveredthe tone its fourth its fifth and its octave Johnston 1989 Fromthese
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