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University of Toronto St. George
St. Michael's College Courses
Michael O Connor

Smc206 January 21, 2013 Look on YouTube: Pythagoras: Donald Duck in mathmajic land • Music in the bible • Begbie calls it music in action in biblical times because he wants to stress that music is something that is done, it is about activities that are musical • We have little evidence of what biblical music sounded like, no recordings, little archeological evidence, we are in the dark about the musical sound in the bible • Two streams of thought: • Jewish stream: all the first Christians were Jews. First Christians worshiped in Jewish ways • Where did Jewish people make music? • The temple: two temples. First built by Solomon 1000bce destroyed by Babylonians 400 years later. The Greeks and Romans gave permission for the Jews to rebuild when they knocked the Babylonians off. It was built by Herod around Jesus birth. The temple was a place of sacrifice (animals, food, burn things) people who deal in sacrifice are priests. Place of ritual. Place of hierarchal construction. Constructed of courtyards outer: Gentiles then women, then men, then, holy people, then the holy of the holy - meant to reflect the variation of the whole of creation and the path to god. Music was performed by trained specialists. • Heterophonic: signing the same harmony but
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