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The monthly Spiritual Reading Group will continue on zoom for the first half of 2021 on the third Wednesday of each month, from 10.30am to 12 midday. THESE EVENTS ARE HOSTED BY THE CARMELITE LIBRARY. FOR ENQUIRIES CONTACT PHILIP HARVEY


Topic: Spiritual Reading Group with Susan Frykberg
‘Connecting the cosmos, earth, body and soul through the music theories of Boethius’

Time: Feb 17, 2021 10:30 AM Australia/Melbourne

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Below is the list of presenters and topics. These sessions will be facilitated either by Philip Harvey, the Carmelite Librarian or by Susan Frykberg, the convenor of the group. All are welcome to join the zoom session.

The sessions will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, 10.30am to 12 midday. Please note the change in DAY and TIME from previous years.

17 February Susan Frykberg on Boethius and Music

Boethius’s De Institutione Musica (6th Century CE), was the most widely read musical treatise of the Middle Ages. It translated Greek musical ideas into Latin and described harmonic ratios (the basis of both sound and music), as a kind of unified field theory which connected the workings of the cosmos, earth, body, soul and music. Boethius’s  ideas were extremely influential even up to the 17th  century and references to his thought can be found in the literary works of Chaucer, Dryden and Shakespeare. The idea of ‘music of the spheres’ comes from Boethius,  as does the  notion that music is the glue that holds body and soul together. This spiritual reading group presents ideas, text, sound and images from De Institutione Musica as well as literary texts that refer to it.

Please book for the February group using the form below so you can receive the zoom link and the pre-reading material, and please pay via bank transfer.



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