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<strong>ISSUE</strong> 1, DECEMBER 2023<br />

<strong>NEW</strong><br />

<strong>MUSICAL</strong><br />

<strong>HORIZONS</strong><br />

FAZIOLI: ITALIAN EXCELLENCE<br />

EUPHONIA: HARMONIOUS<br />

COMBINATION OF SOUNDS<br />

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


CONTENTS<br />

4. What is Armodue<br />

6. The best album<br />

8. Curiosities about Christmas<br />

10. Euphony<br />

12. Acoustic guitar<br />

14. Fazioli Pianos<br />

16. The last kiss - Otto Murdrum<br />

19. Riepilogando - Luca Attanasio<br />

20. The solfeggio frequency<br />

22. La tranquillità crescente - Albert van Niasky<br />

23. The meaning of music<br />

24. What are the types of piano<br />

26. Not only music<br />

<strong>NEW</strong> <strong>MUSICAL</strong><br />

<strong>HORIZONS</strong><br />

A new music magazine, why?<br />

What we promise is to give space to strictly independent<br />

musicians and composers who want to<br />

make their music known to our readers.<br />

All topics will be treated in a simple and understandable<br />

way.<br />

Purely musical themes, history of music, why they<br />

say, and curiosities of today and the past will be<br />

explored in depth.<br />

We trust that what we do and will do is to your<br />

satisfaction.<br />

All we can do is wish you happy reading and happy<br />

listening!<br />

2 <strong>NEW</strong> <strong>MUSICAL</strong> <strong>HORIZONS</strong><br />

CONTINUE 3


WHAT<br />

IS<br />

ARMODUE?<br />

Definition:<br />

Musical system based on a scale of 16 sounds<br />

(hexadecaphonic scale).<br />

The interval existing between a note of frequency<br />

n and another of frequency 2n (called tenth) is divided<br />

into 16 equal parts (equalized scale).<br />

The frequency ratio between two consecutive degrees<br />

corresponds to 75 cents (3/4 of a semitone).<br />

We therefore have a new musical concept, with<br />

peculiar theoretical and harmonic principles and,<br />

more generally, we have new musical rules.<br />

Who theorized Armodue<br />

Pierpaolo Beretta was born in Como in 1958.<br />

He has been a musician since he was very young,<br />

he has played the electric bass for years in various<br />

groups in Italy and abroad.<br />

Later, self-taught, he plays keyboards and composes<br />

pop music.<br />

Since 1986 he has owned a recording studio and a<br />

record label called “Cronos”.<br />

In 1990 he founded “Baradello Edizioni Musicali”.<br />

In 1995 he began to theorize a new musical system<br />

with a number of notes other than 12.<br />

He knows that a new musical system with 16 notes<br />

could be the one that combines the greatest potential<br />

with the least difficulty in approach and execution,<br />

giving it the name “Armodue”.<br />

In 1999 the meeting with Luca Attanasio, the excellent<br />

understanding and the beginning of the<br />

practical and experimentation phase.<br />

The New Notes<br />

of Music<br />

Basic definitions<br />

What is Armodue<br />

Armodue is a new musical system based on an<br />

innovative tuning: the equalized scale of sixteen<br />

notes (hexadecaphonic scale), which divides the<br />

octave into sixteen proportional parts (microtones)<br />

instead of twelve semitones. The music obtained<br />

with Armodue can rightly be defined with<br />

the neologism “hexadecaphony”.<br />

Armodue’s microtones: the eka<br />

In Armodue the chromatic scale is made up of sixteen<br />

microtones. Each microtone is worth 3/4 of a<br />

tempered semitone (75 cents) and is called “eka”.<br />

An eka is the microinterval that is exactly halfway<br />

from the semitone (100 cents) of the dodecatonic<br />

system and from the quarter tone (50 cents) of<br />

the quartotonal system; but this equidistance (or<br />

compromise) from the two systems is not the main<br />

raison d’être of Armodue, but rather is a simple<br />

repercussion of the peculiar symmetrical division<br />

of the tenth (the tempered octave) into four times<br />

four - that is, sixteen - parts.<br />

Armodue’s notation<br />

Armodue’s notation is numeral (the notes are the<br />

digits from 1 to 9, if necessary accompanied by the<br />

alteration sign: #). Note 1 corresponds to C of the<br />

twelve-note system. The octave interval in Armodue<br />

becomes the tenth interval (1,2,3…9,1).<br />

With extraordinary simplicity, the sixteen notes are<br />

reported on a tetragrammaton which does not require<br />

different keys (note 1 is always placed in the<br />

first subspace, in any tenth or in any register). In<br />

the staff it is necessary to specify only which tenth<br />

(central, low or high) the written notes should refer<br />

to.<br />

The Armodue intervals<br />

Of the sixteen types of intervals that exist in Armodue,<br />

four are exactly the same as intervals of the<br />

tempered system (minor third, tritone, major sixth<br />

and octave) - for an exquisitely mathematical correspondence.<br />

All the other twelve intervals have a<br />

new sound and have no counterpart in the twelvenote<br />

system.<br />

Armodue resources<br />

The general Armodue staircase is equipped with<br />

the maximum symmetry of internal composition<br />

(16 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 4 x 4) and from an executive<br />

point of view it is practical and functional.<br />

Who is Armodue aimed at?<br />

Armodue is aimed at composers from all over the<br />

world who wish to explore new and electrifying<br />

musical horizons. Armodue responds to the needs<br />

of all composers who actually intend to seek new<br />

stimuli in their work.<br />

For our part, we are doing everything possible to<br />

address and resolve every practical implementation<br />

problem and we hope that soon, through various<br />

agreements with companies already established<br />

in the field, the new musical instruments can<br />

be marketed throughout the world.<br />

We want to underline something that in our opinion<br />

is very important using a metaphor:<br />

“If we imagine that the last 300 years are equivalent<br />

to 1 year of time, for Armodue the dawn of the<br />

first day has just begun...”<br />

Finally, we wish all those who want to be with us<br />

on the adventure to find with Armodue a new way<br />

of communicating emotions and of experimenting<br />

with those expressions and nuances that perhaps<br />

they have been looking for for some time.<br />

The sixteen note scale: towards awareness of higher<br />

harmonics<br />

Roman Vlad stated (interview by Corrado Augias<br />

in “Bach and his time” - supplement to n. 112 of “la<br />

Repubblica” of 05/13/1987):<br />

“From heptaphony [seven-note system, editor’s<br />

note] we arrived, with Schoenberg, to dodecaphony<br />

[twelve-note system, editor’s note]. But when<br />

you have used all twelve notes in an organic way<br />

you can continue to invent other designs but not<br />

other structures. In short, the structural possibilities,<br />

bringing all the notes into play<br />

possible, have virtually dried up.<br />

Today we can say that there remains a lot of good<br />

music to be written with the twelve notes but in<br />

reality the historical impact of this system has run<br />

out.”<br />

If we retrace the path of Western music through<br />

the ages, we can notice that the idea of consonance<br />

of intervals has neatly followed the series of harmonics.<br />

In fact, we have gone from the perfect octaves and<br />

unisons of archaic music (awareness of the first<br />

and second harmonic, with which the unison and<br />

octave is formed with the acoustic base) to the<br />

perfect fifths and fourths of medieval music (intervals<br />

formed with the harmonics between the second<br />

and the fourth) to the thirds and sixths of the<br />

following era (the harmonics involved are between<br />

the third and the sixth) up to the minor seventh so<br />

appreciated in the Romantic age (awareness of the<br />

seventh harmonic) and very exploited in the modern<br />

Blues genre.<br />

With continuous repetition and the resulting habituation,<br />

the ancient fourths and fifths were no<br />

longer enough for the ear, they sounded hollow.<br />

Thus the way was opened to thirds and sixths, and<br />

the era of harmony dawned: the era of major and<br />

minor chords. But even these three-note chords,<br />

over time, have become taken for granted, too habitual.<br />

We therefore began to use four-note chords extensively,<br />

which include the seventh as well as the<br />

third and fifth. Meanwhile, even the general scale of<br />

sounds has always adapted to the developments of<br />

musical awareness. However, if we summarize the<br />

current situation, neglecting the attempts made in<br />

the 20th century to use quarter tones (the octave<br />

divided into 24 parts: the quarter tone system) or<br />

in any case microtonal particles (the microtones<br />

derive from the division of the octave in a number<br />

greater than twelve parts), it can be said that the<br />

general scale of sounds that we Westerners adopt<br />

is still the one adopted by Bach for a few centuries<br />

now: the tempered scale of twelve notes.<br />

It is with all these assumptions that a new musical<br />

system appears, which consists of a sixteen note<br />

system: Armodue.<br />

The new musical system, Armodue, is the answer<br />

to the ear’s need for a new general scale with a<br />

number of sounds greater than twelve and is, at the<br />

same time, a system perfectly suited to the ever-increasing<br />

awareness of harmonics from the seventh<br />

onwards .<br />

For further information: visit the armodue.com<br />

website.<br />

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Listen to<br />

Christmas<br />

songs<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

POEM<br />

During Christmas night,<br />

in the middle of winter,<br />

over the forest and<br />

countryside<br />

snow falls heavily.<br />

May there be light<br />

and warmth<br />

that lights up<br />

our hearts.<br />

May there be hope<br />

which turns into joy.<br />

And that finally<br />

we all can<br />

live in true harmony.<br />

Merry Christmas!<br />

CURIOSITIES<br />

ABOUT<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

Christmas music was developed both from<br />

classical music, through pastorals, for example<br />

by Bach, and from traditional music,<br />

from “Christmas carols”.<br />

By carola, a word that comes from the Old<br />

French “carole”, we mean a dance that was<br />

originally performed in a circle while singing,<br />

usually on sacred occasions.<br />

Then, by extension, the term came to indicate<br />

the singing performed during the dance.<br />

The Christmas carol, or Christmas carol, is a<br />

traditional musical composition, in the form<br />

of the “carol”, generally of English origin<br />

from the late Middle Ages, which deals with<br />

topics related to Christmas and is therefore<br />

sung on that day or in general during the<br />

Christmas period.<br />

Today, carols are a celebratory moment not<br />

only for the religious community, but for a<br />

more general atmosphere of joy, rebirth,<br />

hope and wishes for a new year, a new beginning.<br />

There is very little time left until December<br />

25th, yet you can already feel that magical<br />

atmosphere typical of Advent in the air: in<br />

the car, in the office or in the shops there<br />

are not only themed decorations, but also<br />

Christmas music brightens up the days.<br />

There are those who have a fixed playlist,<br />

or a new one is created every year following<br />

the new hits, ringtones that ring with “Jingle<br />

Bells”.<br />

Christmas songs hold special memories and<br />

unforgettable moments shared with friends,<br />

family and those closest to you.<br />

In addition to the traditional and best-known<br />

music, there are many, many themed albums<br />

that can be listened to while you make<br />

biscuits or are traveling to some destination.<br />

So we leave you listening to your favorite<br />

Christmas song and thinking that Christmas<br />

is here again this year.<br />

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CONTINUE 9


EUPHONY<br />

Musical euphonies are very important in<br />

music theory and analysis. This term refers<br />

to the harmony and pleasantness resulting<br />

from the combination of musical sounds.<br />

Euphony, from the Greek “eu” meaning<br />

“good” and “phonos” meaning “sound,” focuses<br />

on the overall sonic effect that music<br />

has on the listener. It includes different aspects,<br />

such as melody (in which the intervals<br />

or jumps from one note to another follow<br />

one another in time, ascending and descending),<br />

harmony (in which the intervals<br />

overlap at the same time), rhythm (rhythmic<br />

values multiples and submultiples of a basic<br />

pulse are organized and structured) and<br />

the timbre (the quality determined by the<br />

physical characteristics of the sound instrument<br />

and the environment), which combine<br />

to create a pleasant musical experience.<br />

A key element of musical euphony is harmony.<br />

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of simultaneous (bichords if there are just<br />

2 sounds, or chords if there are at least 3<br />

sounds) or successive (melodic) sounds<br />

that are considered pleasant to the human<br />

ear. It is based on the theory of chords, intervals<br />

and harmonic progressions. Chords<br />

are formations of sounds that are played<br />

simultaneously and can be consonant,<br />

i.e. pleasant, or dissonant, i.e. less pleasant<br />

or tense. Harmonic progressions refer<br />

to the sequential order of chords in music.<br />

Musical euphonies are often achieved<br />

through a balanced and well-measured use<br />

of consonant and dissonant chords, creating<br />

tension and resolution to maintain<br />

musical variety and the listener’s interest.<br />

The concept of consonance or dissonance<br />

is deeply linked to harmonic sounds. The<br />

more the sounds used correspond to<br />

low-numbered harmonics, the more they<br />

have a profound level of fusion, in short,<br />

the more euphonic they are. The low-numbered<br />

harmonics represent the sounds of<br />

double, triple, quadruple and quintuple frequency<br />

(the second, third, fourth, fifth harmonics<br />

respectively) of a given fundamental<br />

sound (acoustic base or first harmonic).<br />

Melody also plays an essential role in musical<br />

euphony. The melody represents the<br />

succession of sounds that stand out as a<br />

whole, usually being the highest (bass melodies<br />

rarely occur). A well-structured and<br />

ear-pleasing melody is often characterized<br />

by a combination of ascending and descending<br />

passages in balance and proportion to<br />

each other, repetitions of musical motifs and<br />

rhythmic variations. The well-developed<br />

and captivating melody contributes to the<br />

euphonic aspect of the music, when it respects<br />

the aesthetic law of “Unity in variety”<br />

or when it has the right mix of new elements<br />

(variety) and repeated elements (unity).<br />

Rhythm is another important aspect of musical<br />

euphonies. It refers to the recurring<br />

pattern of accents and time divisions within<br />

a musical composition. A well-constructed<br />

and coherent rhythm creates a solid<br />

foundation for musical euphony. It can be<br />

simple (two subdivisions per beat) or compound<br />

(three subdivisions per beat), slow<br />

or fast, regular or irregular, but it must<br />

be structured in such a way as to maintain<br />

the listener’s attention. In the European<br />

and American tradition, the most<br />

used rhythm is 4/4, followed by 3/4 and<br />

12/8. In Eastern European countries, odd<br />

rhythms such as 5/4 or 7/4 are also used,<br />

which are unusual for an average listener.<br />

Timbre, which refers to the specific tonal<br />

and coloristic qualities of the musical<br />

instruments used, is another crucial<br />

aspect of musical euphony. Appropriate<br />

use of timbre contributes to the overall<br />

atmosphere of the music and can affect<br />

the euphonious aspect. Instruments<br />

with sweet, smooth and well-balanced<br />

sounds tend to be perceived as more euphonic<br />

than rough or unpleasant sounds.<br />

Finally, musical euphony can also be influenced<br />

by factors such as the dynamic balance<br />

between the different instrumental or vocal<br />

parts of a composition and the appropriate<br />

use of dynamics, i.e. volume variations in<br />

the music and the right use of pauses (i<br />

silences constitute music just like sounds).<br />

In summary, musical euphonies are about<br />

harmony, melody, rhythm, timbre, and other<br />

musical elements that combine to create<br />

a pleasant sonic experience. Euphony<br />

is a fundamental concept in music theory<br />

and analysis and represents one of the<br />

main goals of composers and musicians:<br />

to create music that is aesthetically appreciable<br />

and pleasing to the audience’s ear.<br />

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR:<br />

AN AMAZING<br />

INSTRUMENT<br />

The guitar is a chordophone musical instrument,<br />

that is, it produces sound from the vibration<br />

of the strings.<br />

It originates from the Baroque guitar which<br />

was in use in Spain, Italy and France from the<br />

second half of the 16th century until the end of<br />

the 18th century.<br />

It usually has six strings and it can be played<br />

with the fingertips by plucking the strings with<br />

the dominant hand (right or left hand in the<br />

case of left-handed people) or with a plectrum<br />

(small almond-shaped or triangular sheet made<br />

of various material), simultaneously pressing<br />

the selected strings against the frets with the<br />

fingers of the opposite hand.<br />

In the acoustic guitar the sound is produced by<br />

the vibration of the strings which is amplified<br />

through the resonance of the sound box, without<br />

the need for electrical amplification.<br />

The term “acoustic guitar” is a retronym (which<br />

is the new name given to an already existing<br />

object but which, to differentiate it from a new<br />

form or version of the same object, requires an<br />

additional definition.), coined after the advent<br />

of the electric guitar which uses electric amplification<br />

to make the sound audible.<br />

We define guitars with metal strings as “folk”<br />

and guitars with nylon strings as “classical”.<br />

Another difference between these two types of<br />

guitars consists in the thickness of the neck: in<br />

the classical one it has a greater thickness.<br />

It is certainly an easy-to-approach musical<br />

instrument for anyone who wants to undertake<br />

the Art of Music.<br />

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Fazioli has been producing grand and concert pianos since 1981,<br />

the year in which the company was founded on the initiative of<br />

Paolo Fazioli, engineer and pianist.<br />

Passion for music and scientific expertise, great craftsmanship,<br />

continuous technological research and severe selection of materials:<br />

these are the necessary requirements to produce a Fazioli<br />

piano.<br />

The factory is located in Sacile, in the province of Pordenone, Italy,<br />

an area that boasts an ancient and prestigious tradition in the art<br />

of woodworking.<br />

The entire construction process, from the initial selection of the<br />

material to the finished product, lasts approximately two years.<br />

The range of Fazioli grand pianos – which goes from the smallest<br />

F156 (156 cm long) to the largest F308 (308 cm long) – offers all<br />

the features for the creation of modern grand and concert pianos:<br />

ductile and snappy mechanics, powerful, expressive, colorful,<br />

long-lasting sound, responsive to the pianist’s touch.<br />

Fazioli is able to apply any aesthetic variation to the piano, satisfying<br />

the request of those who want to have a unique and personalized<br />

instrument.<br />

Today production fluctuates around one hundred and fifty units<br />

per year, reaching, in addition to the European and North American<br />

markets, also China, Russia, the Far East, South America, South<br />

Africa and New Zealand.<br />

The company is made up of a team of fifty collaborators.<br />

In 2016, the expansion works of the production plant were completed<br />

with the aim of increasing the production surface area and<br />

therefore increasing production.<br />

With the Department of Mechanics of the Politecnico di Milano,<br />

Fazioli is carrying out very ambitious projects with the aim of defining<br />

a mathematical model capable of predicting the behavior of<br />

vibrations and acoustic waves in relation to the structure of the<br />

piano.<br />

Fazioli pianos are considered by many to be among the best in the<br />

world and there are numerous internationally renowned pianists<br />

who choose to use these instruments.<br />

Countless theatres, universities, recording studios and academies<br />

all over the world own Fazioli pianos.<br />

The famous Juilliard School in New York purchased Fazioli pianos,<br />

thus breaking the monopoly under which it had been forced to<br />

equip itself with instruments of only one source.<br />

Fazioli pianos, just to name a few of the most important institutes<br />

of higher musical education, have been purchased by the Ecole<br />

Supérieure de la Musique “La Villette” in Paris, the University of<br />

Vienna, the Colburn School and the UCLA University of Los Angeles.<br />

Fazioli pianos are present at the most prestigious piano competitions<br />

in the world, such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the<br />

International Piano Competition in Sydney, the Arthur Rubinstein<br />

Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, the Honens International Piano<br />

Competition in Calgary, the Halina-Czerny Stefańska Competition<br />

in Poznań, the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz (Poland) and<br />

many others, including some of the most prestigious Italian piano<br />

competitions.<br />

The Fazioli Company has a photovoltaic system on the roof of the<br />

factory which produces a good part of its electricity needs.<br />

The production of Fazioli pianos ranges from the smallest F156 to<br />

the largest, the true flagship and pride of the company, F308, but<br />

the entire range is characterized by excellent quality.<br />

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Fazioli was born from a challenge:<br />

to demonstrate that the piano it is not an instrument<br />

passively and indissolubly anchored to tradition.<br />

Fazioli started from the assumption that the piano, like<br />

any other work of human ingenuity, can and must be<br />

subject to scientific technical development, without<br />

this constituting a betrayal towards that glorious past<br />

that wrote its history.<br />

Countless Theatres, Universities and<br />

Academies around the world,<br />

own Fazioli pianos.<br />

Furthermore they are present at the most<br />

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in the world.


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insert a soul into his performances but, when he<br />

plays his compositions, this soul is truly 100% alive.<br />

Among the most significant tracks we highlight:<br />

Tango azzurro<br />

Fuoco (Version 2)<br />

Indaco (Il terzo occhio – Pace – Verso il Sublime)<br />

Tramonto<br />

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CONTINUE 19


THE SOLFEGGIO FREQUENCY<br />

WHAT ARE<br />

SOLFEGGIO<br />

FREQUENCY<br />

AND WHAT<br />

BENEFITS<br />

DO THEY BRING?<br />

The historical roots of the Solfeggio<br />

Frequencies can be traced<br />

back to the medieval period in<br />

Western music. Guido d’Arezzo,<br />

an 11th-century Italian music<br />

theorist, introduced the use of solmization,<br />

a method that matched<br />

syllables to musical tones.<br />

The solmization system used<br />

a set of six syllables: Ut, Re,<br />

Mi, Fa, Sol and La. These syllables<br />

later became the seven<br />

notes of the famous diatonic<br />

scale: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si.<br />

In the 18th century, a Benedictine<br />

monk named Dom Prosper<br />

Guéranger discovered a series<br />

of ancient hymns known as<br />

Gregorian chants. These chants<br />

were traced back to the Solfeggio<br />

Frequencies, it is said that the<br />

Monks knew these ancient intonations<br />

and passed them down.<br />

However, Solfeggio Frequencies<br />

were only popularized by Dr. Jo-<br />

seph Puleo in the late 1990s. Dr.<br />

Puleo had traced a recurrence of<br />

letters, a sequence of frequencies<br />

encoded in the Bible, particularly<br />

in the Book of Numbers<br />

of the Old Testament. According<br />

to Puleo’s theory, these frequencies<br />

had healing properties and<br />

could be used for meditation, relaxation,<br />

emotional and spiritual<br />

transformation and awakening.<br />

Recently, several scientists<br />

have shown that the vibrations<br />

of words and sounds influence<br />

the extent to which DNA absorbs<br />

ultraviolet light or not.<br />

The solfeggio frequencies<br />

popularized by Dr.<br />

Puleo are the following six:<br />

- UT - 396 Hz: Solfeggio frequency<br />

associated with liberation<br />

from fear, anxiety, sadness,<br />

guilt and limiting beliefs.<br />

- D - 417 Hz: Solfeggio frequency<br />

associated with the dissolution<br />

of unconscious blocks rooted<br />

in ancient beliefs, unhealthy<br />

thought patterns and bad habits,<br />

also associated with the facilitation<br />

of change and the promotion<br />

of positive transformation.<br />

- MI - 528 Hz: Solfeggio frequency<br />

that opens the heart, arouses<br />

peace and joy, is considered the<br />

“miraculous” frequency, believed<br />

to be able to repair DNA, promote<br />

healing and restore balance.<br />

- FA - 639 Hz: Solfeggio frequency<br />

which improves communication,<br />

mutual understanding,<br />

love, empathy, tolerance. It is<br />

associated with harmonious relationships,<br />

emotional connection<br />

and empathic communication.<br />

- SOL - 741 Hz: Solfeggio Frequency<br />

Considered the frequency<br />

of intuition, it cleans negative<br />

energies, promotes problem<br />

resolution and the awakening of<br />

the third eye, relaxes and heals.<br />

- A - 852 Hz: Solfeggio frequency<br />

associated with spiritual enlightenment,<br />

the strength of<br />

intuition, the elevation of consciousness<br />

and the connection<br />

with higher realms and beings.<br />

In a more complete system, the<br />

Solfeggio Frequencies become nine<br />

in total, adding the following three.<br />

- 174 Hz: This frequency is numbing,<br />

associated with relief from<br />

physical pain and stress, the feeling<br />

of security and love of the<br />

state of stupor. Some claim it can<br />

also help remove negative energy.<br />

- 285 Hz: This frequency is considered<br />

capable of regenerating tissues,<br />

influencing magnetic fields,<br />

tuning the body’s energy by increasing<br />

it, helping to improve<br />

balance and emotional stability.<br />

- 963 Hz: Frequency of the pineal<br />

gland, which reconnects to<br />

the Source, Frequency of Light.<br />

From a numerological point of view,<br />

the sacred Solfeggio Frequencies<br />

always lead back to the figure of<br />

fullness, the 9 so loved by Tesla,<br />

and repeat the figures 3, 6 and 9:<br />

174: 1+7+4=12=1+2=3<br />

285: 2+8+5=15=1+5=6<br />

396: 3+9+6=18=1+8=9<br />

417: 4+1+7=12=1+2=3<br />

528: 5+2+8=15=1+5=6<br />

639: 6+3+9=18=1+8=9<br />

741: 7+4+1=12=1+2=3<br />

852: 8+5+2=15=1+5=6<br />

963: 9+6+3=18=1+8=9<br />

If you then add the numbers<br />

of all the Solfeggio Frequencies,<br />

you get the number 9:<br />

174+285+396+417+528<br />

+639+741+852+963=4995<br />

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RECENSIONE<br />

RECENSIONE<br />

This album consists of two tracks.<br />

Albert van Niasky<br />

These are atmospheres between the abstract<br />

and the real and project the listener<br />

Label: Renowo<br />

La tranquillità crescente<br />

into a new dimension.<br />

In particular, the second track “La tranquillità<br />

crescente” (in English “Growing Tranquility”)<br />

provides us with exactly what it<br />

says: a tranquility that gradually increases<br />

in the listener and pervades the soul.<br />

We highly recommend listening.<br />

Music is the Art that is<br />

based on the organization of<br />

sounds, noises and silences in<br />

time and space.<br />

Art can be defined as a particular<br />

type of Communication<br />

(communication: movement<br />

of particles and ideas<br />

in space) and, in the case of<br />

Music, Communication deals<br />

with sound particles that create<br />

impact and emotions in<br />

listeners.<br />

Music can arouse and reach<br />

very high levels of aesthetics.<br />

Music has very ancient origins,<br />

probably dating back to<br />

the Paleolithic and the word<br />

derives from the Latin and<br />

Greek languages.<br />

It practically permeates the<br />

lives of each of us and is everywhere.<br />

It can create magical<br />

vibrations and influence<br />

people’s emotional tone. It is<br />

an artistic expression present<br />

in all cultures on Earth.<br />

The birth of music may have<br />

occurred in Africa, when the<br />

first human communities began<br />

to expand on the planet.<br />

THE<br />

MEANING<br />

OF<br />

MUSIC<br />

22 <strong>NEW</strong> <strong>MUSICAL</strong> <strong>HORIZONS</strong><br />

CONTINUE 23


WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PIANO?<br />

The types of piano are different and vary based on the<br />

shape of the furniture or type of product, the technical<br />

characteristics, the aesthetic design and the intended use.<br />

This musical instrument, loved and appreciated throughout<br />

the world, has been - and still is - the subject of continuous<br />

innovation and development over the centuries.<br />

Below, we will make a brief list of the types of piano:<br />

1. Grand piano: It is the most common form of piano,<br />

characterized by the typical curved shape of the instrument’s<br />

body. Grand pianos vary in size from small<br />

parlor models (called “baby grand pianos”) to larger<br />

models for theaters or auditoriums, suitable for large<br />

concerts (called “grand piano”). These pianos offer excellent<br />

sound quality and superior touch sensitivity. In<br />

fact, a greater length of the cabinet (tail length to be<br />

precise) corresponds to a longer frame (the mechanical<br />

part on which the strings are grafted), which leads to<br />

greater sound power, resonance and richness of tone.<br />

2. Upright piano: Also known as a wall piano, studio piano<br />

or apartment piano, the upright piano is characterized by<br />

its vertical shape and reduced depth. These pianos are<br />

compact and ideal for limited spaces. They don’t offer<br />

the same level of touch response and sound quality as<br />

grand pianos, but they are suitable for beginners or home<br />

use. Taller upright pianos, having a larger frame, have<br />

superior sound quality to more compact ones. A special<br />

feature of upright pianos is that their central pedal has a<br />

different function from that of the corresponding pedal in<br />

grand pianos (sostenutine pedal): it in fact has the function<br />

of muffling the sound to minimize the disturbance<br />

of neighbors in the room. , and is called the “soft pedal”<br />

3. Digital Piano: This instrument emulates the sound<br />

(sampled sounds) and touch of an acoustic piano (weighted<br />

keys) using digital technology. Digital pianos offer a<br />

wide range of sounds and additional features such as<br />

recording, playing accompaniments, and connecting<br />

to computers or recording devices. They are ideal for<br />

musicians who want a versatile and portable solution.<br />

4. Electric grand piano: This type of piano combines digital<br />

technology with the cabinet and shape of a grand<br />

piano. The use of sound samples from a real grand piano<br />

ensures an authentic sound, while electronic technology<br />

allows you to adjust the volume and take advantage<br />

of additional functions such as the reverb effect.<br />

5. Prepared Piano: A prepared piano is an acoustic piano<br />

that has objects or materials attached to the strings, inside,<br />

or on the case structure. This manipulation creates<br />

unique and unusual sounds, opening up new creative possibilities<br />

for musicians. It is an instrument often used in<br />

contemporary music. It is in fact possible, for example,<br />

to directly pluck the strings in the canvas or to drum with<br />

your fingers on the keyboard cover, obtaining new sounds.<br />

6. Silent piano: A silent piano, always of the vertical<br />

type, is an acoustic-digital hybrid. It can be used as<br />

a normal acoustic piano, or it can be used as a digital<br />

piano, to be listened to exclusively with headphones<br />

(in this mode it does not produce any external<br />

sound). It is used to avoid disturbing neighbors<br />

when necessary. in fact, its keyboard can operate mechanical<br />

hammers or it can give electronic impulses.<br />

7. Piano with integrated MIDI sensors: It is an acoustic<br />

piano, upright or grand, in which electronic sensors are<br />

placed under the keys which encode midi files when they<br />

are played. It is used when you want to create faithful<br />

transcriptions of the performances or when you want<br />

to make arrangements of these performances (thanks to<br />

the midi files that can be processed with the PC later).<br />

8. Automatic pianos: They are grand pianos that are<br />

programmable so that they can play by themselves,<br />

completely automatically, with the keys and mechanics<br />

controlled by software that read midi files or similar<br />

digital sequences. They are the modern heirs of the<br />

ancient pianola, automatic pianos that worked with special<br />

perforated paper rolls (piano roll). They are used<br />

by amateurs who keep them at home as special pieces<br />

of furniture and sound diffusion, but they are also used<br />

in special recording studios that can remotely accommodate<br />

a geographically distant pianist’s performance.<br />

9. Vintage grand piano: These are pianos built in the<br />

19th and 20th centuries, considered valuable art objects.<br />

They can feature unique features, such as distinctive<br />

sound and detailed design. They are highly<br />

sought after by piano experts and enthusiasts.<br />

Each type of piano has its own unique characteristics<br />

and can meet the specific needs of different musicians.<br />

Your choice will depend on your skill level, your musical<br />

preferences and your intended use of the instrument.<br />

24 <strong>NEW</strong> <strong>MUSICAL</strong> <strong>HORIZONS</strong><br />

CONTINUE 25


NOT ONLY MUSIC<br />

<strong>NEW</strong> <strong>HORIZONS</strong> AWAIT YOU<br />

I paint to create a positive impact on people. The colors are<br />

important and combined with creativity and represent a high<br />

aesthetic level. I strive to ensure that my works contribute<br />

to increasing the morale of the people who benefit from them<br />

and contribute to improving the general condition of society.<br />

Pierpaolo Beretta<br />

A career retrospective of Pierpaolo Beretta<br />

Pierpaolo Beretta is living a long and fulfilling artistic career.<br />

But as he stages his career retrospective, there’s<br />

much to look back on in the life of this veteran artist.<br />

Pierpaolo Beretta was born in 1958 in the city of Como<br />

in Italy. Unlike most artists, he had no prodigious relationship<br />

with art in his early childhood. Indeed, like most<br />

schoolchildren, he took the usual subjects and finished his<br />

studies. Art has always been present in his life, but as a<br />

simple hobby. It was only later in his life that he decided<br />

to pursue the arts more seriously.<br />

In his long and fruitful career, Beretta has never been<br />

a slave to a specific school or artistic style. In his own<br />

words “My art is driven by the imagination”. Without<br />

these limitations, he had been able to create works of art<br />

on many similar themes and styles. But one thing that remains<br />

constant in his works is the need to communicate<br />

something to his audience, be it love, positivity or vitality.<br />

In his mind, the goal of art is people’s spiritual fulfillment.<br />

Beretta’s most significant analysis comes from a critical<br />

essay by artist Roberta Filippi. Filippi describes Beretta’s<br />

art to be guided by imagination and perception.<br />

His works are most uniquely identified by their majestic<br />

landscapes – often natural, sometimes abstract. Through<br />

these landscapes, Beretta chooses to express a range of<br />

emotions.<br />

Beretta’s landscapes of nature are some of his most successful<br />

works, and for good reason. The abstract background<br />

of these works is fantastic, almost unreal. Against<br />

this backdrop, you see natural elements like greenery and<br />

plants, accentuated by their sharp colors. The vegetations<br />

are the most majestic element of Beretta’s works;<br />

strange, but also unique. Through these lush plants, his<br />

works carry an aura of positivity and vitality.<br />

But Roberta observes that there are also other stylistic<br />

choices that distinguish Beretta. The abstract background<br />

and natural objects in the foreground give the feeling of<br />

a different but familiar parallel universe. The continuous<br />

flowing strokes between different objects create a sense<br />

of continuity in the artwork. The knife scratches on the<br />

canvas give a slightly three-dimensional effect to the<br />

work, making it almost alive.<br />

Pierpaolo Beretta is a modern Renaissance man who<br />

doesn’t get stuck in one skill. Besides being a talented<br />

painter, he is also an accomplished musician and composer<br />

and occasionally uses his own compositions to accompany<br />

his artwork.<br />

Read more about Pierpaolo Beretta on his website<br />

pierpaoloberetta.it.<br />

David G. Pietroni<br />

26 <strong>NEW</strong> <strong>MUSICAL</strong> <strong>HORIZONS</strong><br />

CONTINUE 27


Merry Christmas<br />

and<br />

Happy New Year!

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