Player Sessions

Carolan’s Passions – an introduction to historically informed emotions

Andrew Lawrence-King

75 mins

Level: All

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

Event Overview

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’.

Materials provided in advance: notation and mp3 of the tunes to be played.

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