A Quote by Carl Orff on elemental music, elemental, music, and spirit

Elemental music is never just music. Its bound up with movement, dance and speech, and so it is a form of music in which one must participate, in which one is invlolved not as a listener bust as a co-performer. It is pre-rational, has no over-all form, no architectonics, involves no pre-set sequences, ostinati or minor rondo-forms. Elemental music is earthy, natural, physical, capable of being learnt and experienced by anybody, childsplay......Elemental Music, word and movement, play, everything that awakens and develops powers of the soul build up the humus of the soul, the humus without which we face spiritual soil erosion. When does soil erosion arise in nature? When the land is cultivated in an unbalanced way, when the natural hydrological cycle is disturbed by over-cultivation, when the forest andn the hedge are sacrificed on utilitarian grounds to the drawing board mentality - in short,  when the balance of nature is undermined by one-sided encroachment. And in the same way we face spiritual soil-erosion when man estranges himself from the elemental and loses his balance.

Carl Orff

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