266. Lao tze saves innocent musicians at HAN-GU-Pass(函谷關 / 函谷关)

266. Lao tze saves innocent musicians at HAN-GU-Pass(函谷關 / 函谷关)

After they saw this Peony Gondola Vision they heard suddenly a soft beautiful female voice crying:

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The female voice cried:

»Father, father! Do not make violence against me!!!!

…No…
Please, do not stroke my body…
…Noooo…
Please do not again such violence.
I am a musician…
Don’t hurt me so much, father, father…
What did I do wrong…?«

But they did not see what happened.

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After that they saw this Vision suddenly they saw this:

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On the sky, at the clouds in white colours Master Lao appeared shining.
Master Lao smiled and beside him was a beautiful intelligent female musician with an Asian music instrument.

A voice said: „I saved her life and she plays the Gin music instrument.
She became my music master student. She will follow my spiritual way in the west with a lot of others to meet the West-Music-Master. So I will send a messenger who will learn his language being able to translate my letter for him, asking him if he can send an official invitation to me and my students and musicians to enter his country and to visit his famous well known philosophical school.“

* * *

Then the Peony Gondola moved to the time of Lao tse and
landed at HAN-GU-Pass (函谷關 / 函谷关).
Now they saw this:

A group of female musicians and female singers gave in the last days beautiful concerts in the kingdom and had a lot of success.
They travelled from town to town after they get an official invitation to play as very famous and fine concert event of the town.

Now the Master of the HAN-GU-Pass (函谷關 / 函谷关) send an official invitation for the artists to play in their famous representative palais of the town.

Master Lao was also on his way and was also invited to this concert.

Full of expectation he comes there and wanted to send his new letter from there to the famous founder of his philosophical music school in far, far WEST.
Here he can stay a while till the answer from his old, old friend will come back to this west-china border station of the HAN-GU-Pass.

But a religious extremist group, spying all over the country found out that Master Lao will attend the concert at the famous palais at HAN-GU-Pass and they tried to plan an evil strategy against the meeting of the famous musicians and Master Lao.

* * *

In a secret meeting those members of an illegal religious extremist group meet and talked like that:

»…we can make intrigues against this concert. We have only to give orders to arrest them as criminals even they are innocent. We can use the laws for this…«

»Ai ya, good idea, I am working at the government as high office person and can use my mighty position to cancel the musicians from the program…Is the program printed yet?…«

»Oh, yes the concert invitation was sent all over the region in all parts along the kingdom. All will expect that Xie Ming will play the solo part in the concert.
We have to arrest them all and give orders to…
…and our religion will be expanded also in this culture here…60% of our religious members have high positions in the government. So we will soon influence all others – Ha,ha,ha.
Oh, our religious founder is great…«

»..Yes, our religious founder, he is great….«

»…great…«, all members said.

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picture 1 – Laotse smiling hoping to see the famous musicians

Lao tze was on his way to the Palais and made small eyes to see the group of musicians which seems to come in colourful beautiful traditional Asian cloth.

But what is happening to the musicians?
He saw that they are arrested by the police. But why?

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picture 2 – musicians being arrested for no reason

 

A member of the illegal religious group tried to destroy Xie Ming’s instrument with his food.

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A musician is killed by a sword and Master Lao started to help them.

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pictures – from the movie Lao tze

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VIDEO: watch this scene (6 minute scene) from here: https://youtu.be/OeSAFd8mhXA?t=676

 

(to be continued…)

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Read also the other CHAPTERS of this story
»Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here:

ALL CHAPTER OVERVIEW:
https://geraldspitzner.wordpress.com/palma-il-giovane-the-peony-gondola-by-gerald-spitzner

 

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224. Palma tunes his harpsichord after Palmina’s lute

224. Palma tunes his harpsichord after Palmina’s lute

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And as Palmina heard so directly music from Palma’s heart she realized that she started to dream and Palma put his arm around her during that and she smiled.
Also Palma did. And he could feel her smile at the beginning of this Peony Gondola hour at 23 o’clock. Palmina smiled very strong, Palma could feel it and smiled also, it was not possible not to smile.
Palma dreamed also, the same dream in this moment, in this Peony Gondola hour at 23′ o clock.
And they continued to dream and they saw this:

* * *

Palma was sitting on his harpsichord and realized, as he finished tuning it, that if he tunes his harpsichord after the Lute of Palmina, in well tempered half tones, it was possible to modulate a music through all half-tones in Magior and Minor.
But Palma tried out to play now and it was possible!
Normally here in Venice, in this 16th century, it was not possible to do so on a harpsichord or an organ – the instruments are tuned to play only in a few scale but not in all 12 semitone scale.
Palma will next week ask an organ-tuner to tune a little organ after Palmina’s semitones.
»Do you think, Palmina, he will tune the Organ like my harpsichord in equal like Well-tempered *) 12 semi-tones like your lute and my mandolin are already tuned?«, Palma asked loud, hoping that she is in the room nearby, listening him and that she will come to him in the big representative room of his flat on the San Marco Place in Venice, in the 2nd floor.

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picture – circle of fiths needs the „well tempered tunning“ –  the „Well temperament“ *)

»Yes, Palma, Yes…I think he will try it after you have shown him how your harpsichord is tuned…wait, I come…«, Palmina answered from the other room.
And now Palmina came with her lute to make music with Palma.
This moments are the most beautiful moments in Palma’s painting and artis’s live.
Palmina is with him and they are now alone, and they only want to do one thing: To make music, to feel the music-harmonic-connection between their hearts.
Palma played a few notes to test his new „lute-tuning“ of this instrument.
And suddenly he felt inspired with thinking on his pure pigeon, his snow-white saint spirit pigeon, bringing him always to new inspiration for his painting music creativity.
And Palma played and played and he tried out this new „Well tempered -12 semi-tons equal-tuning.“

* * *

As they saw this Peony-Gondola vision Palmina was very proud on her Jacopo Palma il Giovane, her painter, her composer, her love-story writer, her deep and only love.

Again she put her head on his side and continued to hear music and it was like that:

VIDEO: (Piano solo at the vegan backery Art-Gallery-Cafe ) https://youtu.be/PsKViSqB6QE

 

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(to be continued…)

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»Palma il Giovane – The Peony Gondola« here:
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https://geraldspitzner.wordpress.com/palma-il-giovane-the-peony-gondola-by-gerald-spitzner

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*) Well temperament – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well_temperament

WELL TEMPERAMENT (also good temperament, circular or circulating temperament) is a type of tempered tuning described in 20th-century music theory. The term is modeled on the German word wohltemperiert. This word also appears in the title of

J.S. Bach’s famous composition „Das wohltemperierte Klavier„, The Well-Tempered Clavier.“

„The first circular temperament was described by the organist ARNOLT SCHLICK**) in the early 16th century[citation needed], but „well temperaments“ did not become widely used until the baroque period. They persisted through the classical period, and even survived into the late 19th century in some areas, for example in Italy. [citation needed]
There are many well temperament schemes, some nearer meantone temperament, others nearer equal temperament. Although such tunings have no wolf fifth, keys with many sharps or flats still do not sound very well in tune (due to their thirds). This can contrast chords in which vibrations are concordant with others where the vibrations are not harmonically related. Some theorists [weasel words] have sought to define „well temperament“ more narrowly to exclude fifths wider than pure, which rules out many such schemes.“

**) Arnolt Schlick – Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnolt_Schlick
Arnolt Schlick (July 18?  c. 1455–1460 – after 1521) was a German organist, lutenist and composer of the Renaissance. He is grouped among the composers known as the Colorists. He was most probably born in Heidelberg and by 1482 established himself as court organist for the Electorate of the Palatinate. Highly regarded by his superiors and colleagues alike, Schlick played at important historical events, such as the election of Maximilian I as King of the Romans, and was widely sought after as organ consultant throughout his career. The last known references to him are from 1521

The first circular temperament was described by the organist Arnolt Schlick in the early 16th century, but „well temperaments“ did not become widely used until the baroque period. They persisted through the classical period, and even survived into the late 19th century in some areas, for example in Italy.
There are many well temperament schemes, some nearer meantone temperament, others nearer equal temperament. Although such tunings have no wolf fifth, keys with many sharps or flats still do not sound very well in tune (due to their thirds). This can contrast chords in which vibrations are concordant with others where the vibrations are not harmonically related. Some theorists[weasel words] have sought to define „well temperament“ more narrowly to exclude fifths wider than pure, which rules out many such schemes.
Some well-known well temperaments go by the following names:
Werckmeister temperament (invented by Andreas Werckmeister)
French Temperament Ordinaire
Neidhardt
Kirnberger
Kellner
Vallotti (invented by Francesco Antonio Vallotti)
Young
Some temperament schemes feature numbers of perfect, pure fifths and these give enhanced harmonic resonance to instruments and music on which they are played so that music moves into and out of focus between keys as vibrations lock together or not. Werckmeister features 8 perfect fifths, Kellner 7 and Vallotti 6.
The contemporary composer Douglas Leedy has written several works for harpsichord or organ in which the use of a well temperament is required.[citation needed]

See also:
Pythagorean tuning
Just intonation
Meantone temperament
Regular temperament
Equal temperament


105. Deeper Meaning of Wise Words – Palmina is a clever musician

105. Deeper Meaning of Wise Words – Palmina is a clever musician

This they saw in their Peony hour in their Peony Gondola, sitting in their soft seats.
Palmina put again his head to Palma’s side and Palma surrounded her with his arm giving her again a good hold.
They continued to dream their common Peony-Dream and they saw:

* * *

Palma and Palmina hugged themselves long and deep.
Palmina said: »Now we can see us every day….«
Palma also said: »Yes, this is wonderful. As we could not see and hear and write each other I thought every day on you. I wrote nearly every day…I played for you on my instruments and I hoped, and Mihaela prayed also for us, that we can see us again… hear us again,…«
Palma stopped suddenly thinking about his day-dream.

»’hear‘ …’see’… this where Master Lao’s words in my day-dream«

»In your daydream…?«

»Yes, he said: ‚First you will feel her,
then you will hear her,
then you will see her.‘ – What did he mean with this words…?«

Palmina thought and was silent.

»I don’t understand the meaning of this words, Palmina…..«

»first you feel her…could Master Lao say ‚First you feel her with your heart…’«, Palmina said fast an made her beautiful small eyes, like she does if she is concentrated.

»Oh YES… Do you remember?…..as we could not speak, and could not see us, could not write us, could not hear us….During this time we could FEEL us with our heart-to-heart communication….«, Palma said.

»Yes, Master Lao wanted to say us: First you feel me with your heart – without hearing and seeing me the first time…«

»…then I will hear you – Playing the Pipa-Lute…«, Palma said joyful.

»….’Then you will ’see‘ her – means not only to see someone with the eyes – it means ‚to see somebody‘ – ‚to meet somebody‘ or ‚to talk personally with someone’«, Palmina said now lucky.

»’First you feel her – then you hear her – then you see‘ Now this words of Master Lao have a deeper meaning. Master Lao wanted to say us that our hearts are directly travelling to meet us in our future live – You will play for me the Pipa – and I will speak with you after I heard you playing.«, Palma il Giovane said.

»Only to understand the deeper spiritual meaning of wise words… It is like the old Chinese ‚Book of Change the I – Ching‘ only a deeper understanding opens our eyes and ears to see and hear and to feel what is the right meaning of the wise words.«, Palma il Giovane said.

»It is the right understanding of Master Titian’s mythological paintings…The paintings are not only to show the human body after it’s nature – it is to understand the spiritual dimension of his creations. The SPIRIT in the artworks is like the SPIRIT in the words of the I-Ching«, Palmina said very wise.

Again Palma was surprised about Palmina’s wise words. She learned so much by only silent listening the lessons in the Titian-School and Palma’s speech about art, culture, traditions, old texts*) he held in the Venice-Titian-Art-School.


*) The Renaissance was also the time of discovery and translation of ancient texts which are hundreds and thousands of years old.


Palma nodded and smiled.
Palmina played not only wonderful her Lutes, she understands also all which is told in Schools of Venice. This moment remembers Palma also the Peony-Vision of the »The School of Athens«**) *) with Theano, Pythagoras best Scholar and ‚Little Palmina‘ , his’s best musician playing on his new created music instruments for Asia and Europe.
Palma could study this painting in Rome as he lived at the embassy.

Palmina could read in his heart and saw his thoughts.

Palma felt that she understood him with the ‚heart-to-heart‘ communication.


*) painter Raphael (wikipedia) did express this moment with »The School of Athens«**)
Raphael – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael

»Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino March 28 or April 6, 1483 – April 6, 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.«

**)»The School of Athens«  – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_School_of_Athens

02 picture - TEANO, Phythagoras and his best scholar - detail of painting by Raphael »School of Athens«

picture – Raffael »The School of Athens«**) with Teano, Pythagoras and music student ‚little Palmina‘ (detail)


Palma send her a spiritual kiss and Palmina felt this imaginary ‚heart-to-heart‘ kiss on her cheek.
Palmina smiled and opened and closed fast her eyes like an innocent deer.
Her beautiful decent smile was for Palma a secret answer who gave him hope, love and light.

In his heart he transformed also this inspiring talks in their secret gardens of Venice into paintings full of beauty and into secret compositions for Palmina.

How lucky Palma was if Palmina learned a new composition from him on her lutes and played them during the painting artwork of Palma.

How lucky his heart was to say silently »This is my Palmina Albina; this is my Lute playing Palmina. She plays only for me this composition. No one knows that I am the creator and composer of this music. All students and people in Venice liked my music creation but only Palmina knows that I am the composer. Music is also connecting our hearts. With music we can say us things other can never understand by listening the music.«,Palma thought and Palmina heart his thoughts and smiled.

»Palmina you are my personal Angel and my personal saint spirit. «
»Isn’t the white pigeon often a symbol of the saint spirit on your paintings?«, Palmina asked directly after she followed his deep secret thoughts.

»Yes, but not only in my paintings…all over Venice…and..«

In this moment the two white Pigeons landed on the Y-psilon formed tree in the background of that beautiful secret garden.

Palma and Palmina turned around and felt that this Pigeons had a long common flight over Venice.

Both smiled.

»Groo, Groooooooo« made the sweet tender loving Pigeons.

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(to be continued…)