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The lecture will show how the mathematical structures that make up harmony through the intervals between pitches in music, and indeed the very physics of sound waves, are closely akin to the geometric and arithmetic principles that the classical Muslim architects used to make their buildings harmonious and beautiful. Moreover, it will show how these proportions and relationships have come to embody an ideal, universal harmony in the created world that reflects a heavenly order of perfection.
While this illustrated lecture will focus on how the harmonies of music & architecture reflect transcendent, heavenly beauty, it will also show how these external, worldly harmonies can remind human beings of their potential for inner harmony – humans being microcosmic mirrors of the Divine.
This lecture is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts which aims to develop Asian arts courses at The School.