Vignoli, Tito - Melody and harmony
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Tito Vignoli – On Dreams, Illusions, Hallucinations, Delirium and Madness
Melody may be termed a fusion of rhythm and sounds of different pitches, united in time, and assuming a regular and symmetrical form; melody, as others also have observed, constitutes the whole of music, since without it harmony itself is vague and indefinite…………
Uneducated people, ignorant of music, are able to invent very tolerable melodies, of which we have instances in popular and national songs, which are generated by the musical fancy of those unconscious of the laws of music.
Melody has an independent existence, while harmony serves to accentuate its form, and conduces to its subsequent progress among peoples capable of developing it in all its power – see Beauquier’s Philosophe de la Musique............
......... The arts of singing and of instrumental music have the same origin and evolution as the others. Vico, Strabo and others have asserted that primitive men spoke in song, and there is great truth in the remark.........