“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe,wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form “(Plato).
It speaks of the essence of music within the moral fibre of a society, as well as the extra-musical attributes, enhancing imagination, creativity, and passion. The melodies of purification give an innocent pleasure…a rest to the soul.
Reading this quote time and again I reinterpret.Each time the melody and the rhythm are be in conformity with the words yet we have no need of lamentations and strains of sorrow.Are the harmonies expressive of sorrow?
One is seeking to persuade God by prayer, or man by instruction and admonition or perhaps expressing his willingness to yield to the persuasion or entreaty or admonition of others.acting moderately and wisely in all circumstances, and acquiescing in the event. These two harmonies I ask you to leave; the strain of necessity and the strain of freedom, the strain of the unfortunate and the strain of the fortunate, the strain of courage, and the strain of temperance; these, I say, leave….
Why adapt the foot and the melody to words having a like spirit, not the words to the foot and melody…rhythm and harmony are regulated by the words, and not the words by them.; for what should be the end of music be if not the love of beauty??