This class began with a discussion of Witches of Eastwick. Following, we connected the music and dance to the origins of ballet with King Louis XIV (picture at top). We saw a clip from Le Roi de Danse, The King is Dancing, showing King Louis XIV performing as the Sun King and using this performance to demonstrate his power, wealth, and strength both as a man as well as ruler.
Next, we explored the Pythagorean Hammers theory that Pythagoras discovered the mathematical ratios between the size of a blacksmith's hammers and the difference of pitches. He also discovered that these ratios worked in relation to all instruments sizes (middle image).
Then we took the emotional response we have to dance and discussed the influence of music upon our emotions. As music is the primary language of emotion, we discussed how different notes or a group of notes played simultaneously known as a chord can affect the tone or mood (bottom image).
Questions to consider:
1. While ballet may now be populated by men and women, dance is still used as a political spectacle. Name another time in a current history when political leaders of any country utilize dance as a political spectacle.
2. A spectacle or performance put on by a leader to demonstrate or communicate a message is not new to history or even this class. Explain another way spectacle was used by a political leader to communicate a message. It can be one from class or one you research.
3. How does music affect your mood? Can you think of a specific occasion when the music has changed how you have felt about a situation?
4. Find a song and post the link (you can search royalty free music if you are looking for something unfamiliar). Write your emotional response to the music and explain why you feel this way. Imagine the action that might occur during this music. Tell the story of this action.
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