Boethius - De Institutione Musica - The dangers of music
Type of Spiritual Experience
This very short extract is from a long discussion on the effect music can have on crowds and nations. That culture, attitude, morals and a hole host of other aspects of a nation's identity can be affecte by the music it hears. Hear Boethius homes in on just 'war music'.
In some senses then, music can result in men creating or facing their demons
A description of the experience
De Institutione Musica – Boethius
Plato held that we should be extremely cautious in this matter, ... For the minds of those hearing …. music immediately submit to it, little by little depart from their character, and retain no vestige of justice or honesty. This will occur if …. the more violent modes implant something warlike and savage