The Beautiful Necessity: Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Beautiful Necessity: Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture

Music being purely in time and architecture being purely in space, each is, in a manner, and to a degree not possible with any of the other arts, con vertible into the other, by reason of the correspondence subsisting between intervals of time and intervals of space. A perception of this may have inspired the famous saying that architecture is frozen music, a poetical state ment of a philosophical truth, since that which in music is expressed by means of harmonious intervals of time and pitch, successively, after the manner of time, may be translated into corresponding intervals of architectural void and solid, height and width.

In another sense music and architecture are allied. They alone of all the arts are purely creative, since in them is presented, not a likeness of some known idea, but a thing-in-itself brought to a distinct and complete expres sion of its nature. Neither a musical composition nor a work of architecture depends for its effectiveness upon resemblances to natural sounds in the one case, or to natural forms in the other. Of none of the other arts is this to such a degree true: they are not so much creative as re - creative, for in them all the artist takes his subject ready made from nature and presents it anew according to the dictates of his genius.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Claude Fayette Bragdon

Hardback

Published Date - September 02 2019

ISBN - 9780365214274

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.8 cm

Page Count - 87

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