Music and Logic

The other day I was trying to solve some problem and it occurred to me: I could probably let passing thoughts pass me by without much consequence, but if some piece of music started playing in my head it would stick — it would bring out the rest of the music, or at least the most relevant bits.

I formulated an hypothesis: maybe music functions like logic (or like discourse), when one piece brings the other as a consequence.

I’ve heard classical composers actually use the form of a syllogism to write music: putting two pieces together in a consequence — which is usually a synthesis.

Maybe this is the higher form of music as logic, but, really, almost every music has this property of calling its other parts. And, really, the more simple the music the more one can perceive this phenomenon.

I suppose, then, that it is no coincidence that in the olden days people would set a piece of text to music in order to better memorize it — I’ve heard, for example, that the mere mention of the starting word of a Psalm would bring to mind the whole text. Perhaps it was the same with Iliad and all the other complex texts young people would memorize back then.

Intersting, eh.