Men depart first – Second Part

In the literary framework of romances, love that is born in this world is only possible in another existence.   It seems to be a constant for the young lovers of different western literatures that the male faces a premature death, and that, consequently, the female, as a fatal destiny, perishes too in order to […]

Men depart first – First Part

Since ancient times, the irrepressible attraction that gravitates between two young lovers has always manifested itself time and time again, over and over again above any obstacle.   It is fascinating to realize how much modern man owes to the ancients and their great stories. In the face of the greatest conflicts, their feelings and […]

To perish without perishing at all: Virgil, Horace and Ovid – Part Four

The calmness of the poet Ovid, the third of the great Latin poets, was abruptly interrupted in the year 8 A.D. after receiving the news of his exile. He was 50 years old, and was to leave Rome at any moment to travel to the edge of the imperial territory, today Constanza, Romania. In that […]

To perish without perishing at all: Virgil, Horace and Ovid – Part Three

Western art of the last thousand years has not been able to avoid the overwhelming influence of the poetic work of Virgil, Horace and Ovid, built in approximately 70 years, during the transition between two millennia. Ovid, the last of these three, was born in 43 B.C., about 120 kilometers from Rome, and died in […]

To perish without perishing at all: Virgil, Horace and Ovid – Part two

The “Aeneid”, Virgil’s major work, commissioned by Emperor Augustus, is the most important and extensive work in the Latin literary world. The “Aeneid” sings the travels of the hero Aeneas on his mission to found Rome. It is divided into twelve parts or books, and contains more than ten thousand verses in dactylic hexameters. The […]

To perish without perishing at all: Virgil, Horace and Ovid – Part One

Stories of genuine camaraderie among artists are noteworthy. They are both exemplary and rare in nature. Fortunately, the virtue of generosity has not been strange to some great artists. This is the case of Virgil, the greatest of the Latin Poets, born in 70 B.C. Virgil sought the welfare of a promising poet, five years younger […]

On music and education in Aristotle – Last part

About five centuries ago, with the birth of modern science, the study of music became optional. Paradoxically, today, it is science that suggests the reincorporation of music in a formative context for the human being.   It is of great importance that Aristotle, in the eighth book of his Politics, he would dedicate a larger […]

On music and education in Aristotle – Part two

For the Pythagoreans: “the soul is harmony”; for Plato: “the soul has harmony”.   Due to its complex and dexterous character, music has been a special subject of study since ancient times. In his Politics, Aristotle speaks of different states of mind provoked by the effect of Greek musical scales, when used during musical practice. […]

On music and education in Aristotle – Part one

For the ancients, music was an integral part of education. Today, neuroscience provides new evidence as to why.  It is imperative to go over the ornamental nature of music in current educational programs.   Talking about ancient music theory has become an exercise of speculation and figurative language. Trying to approach a sound phenomenon of […]

From baroque Venice to Buenos Aires porteño: Vivaldi, Piazzolla and their Four Seasons

Today is the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzola’s birth, father of the “New Tango”.  Like Vivaldi, he musically recalled the aromas of each of the seasons of the year.   Antonio Vivaldi and Astor Piazzola were born on a Friday in March. One, 243 years before the other. The first, on the fourth day of […]