Class #4 (May 18): Italy—Science & Culture

Featured speakers: Liliana Gorini, John Sigerson

The influence of Lyndon LaRouche's ideas in Italy reflects an advancement based on the scientific and artistic revolutions of the 15-century Florentine Renaissance. These advances include our return to natural, scientific musical tuning, as demanded over a century ago by Giuseppe Verdi; Italy’s recent moves to implement LaRouche’s proposal for Glass-Steagall banking legislation; a return to Hamiltonian principles of economic policy; and Italy’s bold leap to join China’s Belt and Road world development movement.

At root, however, there is nothing specifically Italian about these advances; Italy is the rich soil bearing the fruits of the Platonic current that rose in Ancient Greece, stretching through Nicolaus of Cusa, Johannes Kepler, the German mathematical physicist Bernhard Riemann, and the musical genius Wilhelm Furtwängler. Furtwängler’s almost single-handed effort to save European musical culture from being utterly destroyed by the British golem Adolf Hitler, later came to be a chief inspiration for LaRouche’s insistence that music unfolds not in sound, but in the Riemannian complex domain.

Four Serious Songs, Johannes Brahms, Vier ernste Gesänge, Op. 121

1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh (Ecclesiastes 3:19-22)

2. Ich wandte mich, und sahe an (Ecclesiastes 4:1-3)

3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du (Sirach 41:1-2)

4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und Engelszungen (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 12-13)

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  • Jason Ross
    commented 2019-05-18 14:38:39 -0400
    Thank you for the question, Madeleine. I’ll pose it to John and Liliana during the Q&A period.
  • Madeleine Fellauer
    commented 2019-05-18 14:37:19 -0400
    Hi, greetings from Dresden in Germany. We had a meeting here yesterday with Harley Schlanger. He mentioned that we’ll have the 200th birthday of child prodigy, pianist, composer and political organizer Clara Schumann in September. He also said that Clara Schumann maintained a life long friendship with Friedrich List’s daughter who was a singer. The idea of building a nation culturally and economicly was expressed in the friendship of the two families. I think in broader sense it’s also something Lyn has always been adressing: the unity of art and science, that the separation into Geisteswissenschaften and Naturwissenschaften was done to destroy the real function of the human mind. Maybe someone could adress that issue? Madeleine
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