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The surprising story of a bird that plays Mozart’s music | The stone ax Science

The surprising story of a bird that plays Mozart’s music. On one of his walks, Mozart was surprised by the song of a bird. The matter would not have been important if not for the fact that the musical notes emitted by the bird corresponded to the scores that the musician had just completed.

Rousseau’s work is the organic response to Descartes’ rational mechanism. Because for Rousseau, the affairs of the State are resolved more successfully under an oak tree, in the open air, than in an office.

The relationship between people and nature has a pioneer in Rosseau. So thanks to the influence of his ideas, pets became popular among the bourgeois classes favored by the Revolution. In modern times, animals have lost the quality that identifies them with machines; They are living beings, endowed with a consciousness that suffers and loves, far beyond what Descartes could imagine.

During this period of change, animals from all continents arrived in Europe, with songbirds being the best sellers in pet stores. There is no bourgeois living room that is not enlivened by the exotic song of some birds brought from the other side of the world. However, it should be noted that the cages in which it is presented are highly decorated cells. In this way, the birds shine in the aforementioned rooms. And this is something we can point to as a change in the spirit of ecology inspired by Rousseau. Definitely.

Now let’s continue with Mozart, because it is in one of the shops of the most commercial street in Vienna – Grabenstrasse – when the musician is surprised by the song of a bird with allegretto. The matter would not have been important if not for the fact that those same musical notes emitted by the bird were scores that Mozart had recently composed and had not yet made public. No one knows him except him.

At this, the matter reached a territory beyond the shocking and Mozart felt the chill. Finally, the musician bought the bird, a starling he named Star, according to North American ornithologist Lyanda Lynn Haupt in a fun book titled Mozart’s Starling, recently published by Captain Swing. It is a lively work of reading in which historical anecdotes alternate with testimony; a book in which Lyanda Lynn Haupt tells us about her relationship with her starling based on Mozart’s relationship with hers.

But going back to the story of the beginning, of Mozart who was surprised by the song of a small bird who interpreted a song whose score only the musician knew, we can dare to say that birds are not only capable of anticipation of disasters and changes. at atmospheric pressure. , but they can also play on our capacity for surprise in an example of temporal coincidence like the one we are facing today; two melodies so similar that it leads us to think that the cause of that synchrony lies far away, in an unknown dimension.

Mozart bought the bird looking for the starling to find a hidden explanation for the strange coincidence. What Mozart did not know is that what is strange is not, in fact, very strange, and that far from the miracle and the unknown dimension and other magic, the truly surprising thing so these coincidences, these synchronicities – said in Jung’s way- could not have happened, because Mozart’s music is an imitation of nature itself.

The stone ax is a section where Montero Glez, with a penchant for prose, uses his particular twist on scientific truth to show that science and art are complementary forms of knowledge.

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