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Essays and Verses: A Souvenir
     

Essays and Verses: A Souvenir

by John Harrington Edwards
 
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THE THREEFOLD MISSION OF MUSIC All musical sounds are the product of vibrations in the air conveyed to the brain by the wonderful apparatus of the outer and inner ear, and

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THE THREEFOLD MISSION OF MUSIC All musical sounds are the product of vibrations in the air conveyed to the brain by the wonderful apparatus of the outer and inner ear, and then powerfully affecting the whole nervous system. Rhythmical and harmonious tones communicate the vibratory influence to the vital centres, and affect them directly for good or harm according to their adaptation to the bodily condition. But they also affect the mind, and, through the feelings and imagination, exert an incalculable influence upon the whole physical and mental organism. This influence is in proportion to the sensitiveness of the individual to music, and to its adaptation to individual state and need. For beneficial effect it is indispensable that genuine music, well adapted to the special case, shall be employed. To take a bottle at random from any shelf of an apothecary's stock, and therewith dose a consumptive, a neurotic, a dyspeptic and a melancholic all at the same time, or either one apart without regard to the condition of the patient or the fitness of the remedy, would be an approximate parallel to the indiscriminate therapeutic use of the "Wedding March," the "Fisher's Hornpipe" and "Trau- merei." Wise prescribing is indispensable. In discussing the relation of music to health, it is necessary to take the broadest view of the second term. Health of body without soundness of mind and holiness of soul, is a mutilated and utterly inadequate condition. If that is all, it is the same as fractional wholeness, acontradiction in terms. To regard music or any other therapeutic agency solely in relation to physical wellness is materialism pure and simple. Body and spirit act and react on each other, and health that is wholeness cannot be had by leaving out either factor. The object of educ...

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