Music and mythology

JpO

Jan 2019
53
Norway
The conflict between Apollo and Marsyas always interested me a lot, because it explains a lot of things about musical preferences

Apollo goes infuriated that the mortals prefer to dance to Marsyas the Satyrs bone flute than listen to his technically superior lyre compositions, so he tied Marsyas's upside to a tree and skins him alive from the feet down.

People prefer ignorant primal music, but it's objectively inferior in a technical sense. Primal rhythmic music appeals to people on that very same primal level, making it more appealing to dance and move your body to, but it's objectively of a lower mental plane than actually composed music with intricate melodies and harmonies.
 
Feb 2019
905
Pennsylvania, US
It's also interesting, that Apollo gave a golden lyre to Orpheus, and some of the descriptions of the impact his music had (charming beasts, calming waves, diverting rivers, causing trees and rocks to dance) are similar to those of the effect of Apollo's music during the contest with Marsyas... It's an interesting contrast: the manic, wild effect of Marsyas music, and the emotionally moving, calming, magical effect of Apollo's/Orpheus's.
 

David Vagamundo

Ad Honorem
Jan 2010
4,439
Atlanta, Georgia USA
It's also interesting, that Apollo gave a golden lyre to Orpheus, and some of the descriptions of the impact his music had (charming beasts, calming waves, diverting rivers, causing trees and rocks to dance) are similar to those of the effect of Apollo's music during the contest with Marsyas... It's an interesting contrast: the manic, wild effect of Marsyas music, and the emotionally moving, calming, magical effect of Apollo's/Orpheus's.
But Orpheus was torn apart by a crowd of crazed women, no? Maybe close to today’s rock stars
 
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Feb 2019
905
Pennsylvania, US
:lol::lol::lol:

Yes, well... you don't want to play too many ballads about your lost love when your fan base is predominantly female, and drunken "raving ones". People love you when you play them simple songs about love - but when you try to go deep / classical later in your career, watch out. Look at poor Paul McCartney.
 

Moros

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Jun 2012
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The conflict between Apollo and Marsyas always interested me a lot, because it explains a lot of things about musical preferences

Apollo goes infuriated that the mortals prefer to dance to Marsyas the Satyrs bone flute than listen to his technically superior lyre compositions, so he tied Marsyas's upside to a tree and skins him alive from the feet down.
The flute that Marsyas played was the one that Athena, the Goddess of wisdom, had created and then thrown away in disgust. So Marsyas' music not only challenged the gods, but had been specifically rejected by them (Athena had put a curse on anyone who should dare to play the instrument). Athena had created the flute to imitate the sounds of the sisters of Medusa, whose serpent hair hissed in lament over the death of their sibling.
 
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