• A Canon

    August 26, 2019 14:04

    A ‘canon’ is a polyphonic piece of music in which a musical line, called the ‘dux’ (Latin for ‘leader’, pronounced like ‘ducks’) is repeated in other voices but offset in time. ‘Row row row your boat’ is a well-known example... (more )

  • Article: “Organum and Persona”, Pesic

    August 18, 2019 12:34

    The article Organum and Persona, Peter Pesic, argues that the development of polyphony (starting in the 9th century) had a basis in the deepening of the Christian idea of the Trinty — multiple ‘persons’ yet one unity, likewise in polyphonic music multiple voices yet one coherent piece.(more )

  • What to Do With Holy Writ

    July 22, 2019 12:28

    It seems to me that in our modern day we are inclined to categorize literature into the neat categories of ‘fiction’ vs. ‘non-fiction’. But I wonder if literature in general, and Sacred Literature in particular, doesn’t fit in that tidy dichotomy very well.(more )