My dearest Mother exposed me to many works of classical music. I got to the know the names of the composers she liked, which wasn’t that hard really as none of them have names like Davey Jones, but sadly I never took much time to learn the individual names of their works.
I stopped listening to music for quite a long time – especially music that involved stringed instruments as someone I considered reasonably knowledgeable on Islam (certain more knowledgeable than I was – wasn’t and isn’t hard to claim that title) said it was forbidden. I think this person might have said that it brings about false/induced emotional states. I think Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) might have had someone tell him something similar.
I agree music can do that and the saying “music calms the savage beast” summarises this quite well. It can also be escapism – the mind loses focus on the reality, and I guess detachment from God consciousness.
Unlike Cat (I guess) , I never stopped completely listening to it – hard to explain why I was so ‘naught’ – perhaps I thought it was a bit petty as any ‘altered state’ wasn’t significant or harmful. Perhaps I’ve sinned. I don’t know. If any Muslims out there would like to provide any other info on this I’d be grateful.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I decided to try and get some of those classical works, and I cane across one of the most beautiful of them.
Mozarts piano converto number 21, movement 2 – commonly called Elvira Madigan. (corrected link: Sat 23rd Feb)
Oh man. It’s so beautiful. Usually when I hear a music – of just about any kind, I can visualise dynamic events/scenes, places and people, but this one, I don’t really see anything, and when I try hard, a fleeting scene of a summers afternoon and punt(boat) on a lake, with the the odd slow flying insect flying through a beam of sunshine in perhaps Hanoverian times, then some kind of ‘Merchant Ivory-esque’ lady, happy walking in full attire again on a summer day through a field of yellow barley but that’s it. Milliseconds of imagery then nothing. Strange.
Anyway I though it would be interesting to see it Google had any images that were close to what I was visualising. And a brief search later, I was quite surprised that there were some pics that wern’t a million miles away…
When you hear these beautiful sounds and scenes you wonder why we do the savage things to each other that makes millions of peoples lives across the planet a misery.
OK that’s enough talking to myself and self indulgent emotional claptrap trivia for today.