The Musical Fireworks!

It is the season for pyrotechnics across Britain. It normally begins with Halloween & gathers momentum, culminating with the new year with a bang. Fire has fascinated man since the dawn of time; the ancient  Greeks regarded it as one of the primary elements, & the Zoroastrians even worship it. The old traditions of history, like the Hindu wedding ceremony & the Olympic torch, all depict a harmonious relation between fire & musical accompaniment. So as I wander across the busy streets of London, I can just imagine a time when the historical grandure of London would have consisted of gaslights, architecture & beautiful music – perhaps some of the finest works ever created.

Music through Europe’s  history has been created to grip the listener, captivate the imagination & provoke thought. There were no editing tools, no recording studios & tracks did not end after four minutes. We of course now have more types of instruments at our disposal than ever before. It makes me wonder that if people have still maintained the love for fireworks- simple yet spectacular in appearance- then what has happened to our oratory tonal sense? Classical music was simple in execution & creation, despite the complex  layers of stories & human emotions conveyed. What has happened to us that our musical concentration has waned in spite of easier access to sound, whilst simultaneously, our fascination with fire has heightened as we find it possible to create & enjoy newer ways of enjoying bigger & better fire based displays, even in the face of fire safety legislation & our unpredictable weather?

London Fireworks
London fireworks – courtesy:

Could our changes in perception be explained by events that are evolutionary, or are these events revolutionary? And I wonder if there was an event that marked the turnaround for us humans to develop our appreciation of light at the expense of our appreciation for good sound? Are our combined senses now drawn to entirely different types of rhythms, that the transverse light waves resonate more with our consciousness, compared to the longitudinally generated sound waves? Most important of all, are these trends reversible, and if so, then what would be the catalyst to tip the balance to a more stable equilibrium? I wish to leave my readers with these thought provoking questions. Meanwhile, I am hoping for a new, more fulfilling sound amidst the fireworks leading up to Christmas & beyond.

Have a melodious week ahead, from everyone at AMH Piano Tuning.  


  1. It is an interesting dance that the media and audience are engaged in. Before there was radio, the only way people listened to music was through concerts, music halls, and all kinds of recitals. Although music hall songs were short, as were folk songs and songs to tell the stories of life, music was much more the privilege of the rich.
    Since the advent of the internet and all the easy ways of obtaining and listening to music, the dance seems to have lead to a larger quantity of formulaic music,, but this is not at all to say that there is no good music out there, both classical and pop.
    I am not exactly convinced that we have changed our preference for music to that of light, but I certainly do think there is less good music about.
    I prefer music that is as engaging, stimulating, surprising and thought provoking as any good literature, and I expect this of pop and classical music.
    I wonder what an astute observer of mankind would write about the profile of the average listener to music currently available – and I don’t mean average as not good, I mean average statistically.

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