Music and Lodge

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Music is the art of producing chord sounds and combine all the elements of sound creation instruments, rhythms, sounds, colors, serial organizations, melodies, harmonies, etc. In its original sense, is the art of producing and combining sounds so pleasant to the ear so that its modulations stir the soul.

Music has accompanied mankind since immemorial time, there are vestiges of primitive musical instruments dating back 40,000 to 50,000 years, it is long bones drilled in such a way that could be used as a flute, it is likely that other perishable materials were used  as wood, bamboo poles that could also be used as flutes, animal skins stretched over a soundboard thus forming a kind of drum, some shells of marine mollusks that by blowing through it produce sounds, all similar to those used by primitive cultures throughout history and do not forget the musical instrument more accessible to any human being with musical interests: the human voice, solo or choral singing, alone or accompanied by rhythms of drums or other primitive instruments of percussion.

Music has always accompanied the esoteric rituals since the dawn of civilization and those linked to Freemasonry are no exception.

Music is a key element in Masonic rites, as in the words of Alfredo Melgar, Master Mason of the Lodge Concordia #4,  of Madrid, the music “symbolizes the harmony of the world and, most especially, which should exist between all Masons of the Earth “.

Numerous world-renowned musicians were Masons, although the first names that come to mind are always Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Joseph Haydn
Traditionally the origin of Freemasonry is associated with the construction of the great European cathedrals in the Middle Ages.

The teams of craftsmen and architects of the great temples have organized secret societies to protect their expertise, which ultimately were acquired rituals, initiation ceremonies and symbolism itself, with a strong presence of design and construction tools. This phase is known as “operative masonry”, ie one that is focused on building real buildings.

From the eighteenth century emerges, the so-called “speculative Freemasonry” which is the one we know today and that is detached from the architecture except for its symbolism. As its name suggests, the “speculative Masonry”, aims to think and philosophize about the ideal temple is no longer physical but as a metaphor for the universal temple.

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Orthodox history establishes a continuous line in time between the builders of medieval cathedrals and the enlightened thinkers of the eighteenth century, but has never been so clear, where the Masons were from the sixteenth century, when they just built the great temples until his comeback as a philanthropic movement two centuries later?

Freemasonry conceives music as a vehicle and as well the construction of an initiatory character: the sound would be a rough stone uncut and music represents the worked stone, whose assembly creates harmonies architectures. Three levels of relationship between music and Freemasonry are established:

1. The parallel between the three elements to polish the stone and to outline notes: strength, equivalent to the density, wisdom, equivalent to tempo, and beauty, equivalent to the frequency.

2. The stages of assembly work: the musical equivalent pause is comparable to the Apprentice Mason, whose task it is to cultivate silence, the sound of the note, comparable to the Fellow Craft , whose role is to arouse their awareness, and finally the melody,It is comparable to the Master Mason, who coordinates all the work that results in the architectural work.

3. Methods to achieve mastery of the trade: Apprentice Mason must decode the symbols of art and music have to learn the codes of musical notation; The Fellow Craft learns to interpret the signs and values specific construction techniques, while in the musical field execution learn singing styles and polyphony; Finally, the Master Mason learns to direct the work as a whole and the musician to play the full score

It appears that only the operative masonry song was played, while speculative introduced sets of voices and instruments, grouped in Column Harmony of the lodge.

But above all greatly it developed specifically Masonic music, aimed at encouraging the work in Lodge, emphasizing from the beginning Giroust Brothers François and Jean-Philippe Rameau, representative both of the influence of real art of musical composition. But not only the music used in some way in the work done in the lodges: Masonry also clearly and decisively influences the musical conceptions. Mozart as a great example!

This article was written by Psalm Triginta


Bro P K SethAugust 17, 2015 at 5:29 amReply

An excellent piece of information on speculative Freemasonry.

Psalm TrigintaAugust 17, 2015 at 5:32 amReply

Thank you

TimDecember 20, 2015 at 7:41 pmReply

love it