Carolan’s Passions – an introduction to historically informed emotions
Monday July 26th
15:30 - 16:45 GMT
This event will be available to ticket holders to join at the given date and time
- Times shown are Irish summer time (GMT+1)
- Zoom login details will be provided 10 mins prior to the event
How can our music be ‘soulful’? Did Carolan hear about Descartes’s new concept of Mind-Body dualism (Passions of the Soul 1649)? Traditional philosophy allowed space for a richer amalgam of religious doctrine, period science and magic. Ancient physics considered that only a Soul could perceive Time. In Carolan’s lifetime, Music is the ‘Soul of the World’ and Time is the ‘Soul of Music’. Cosmic, human & rhythmic power moves listeners’ emotions with rhetorical words, powerful characters and volatile passions. This class plays with the Four Humours of period emotions and teaches the Three Powers of traditional music, with the quintessential aim of historical Rhetoric to ‘move the passions’.
No advance materials. Participants are welcome to have their instruments ready, and to have their favourite Carolan tunes in mind, ready to discuss; even to play snippets. Also bring your head and your heart to this class!