Syzygy

My friend Marcus played a short piece by Mozart on his electronic synthesizer because he wanted my opinion about performances of classical music on contemporary electronic instruments.

“Klavierstück in F, K 33b” is a very short keyboard ditty written by the composer at the tender age of nine or ten. I told Marcus that his performance of the piece on the synth struck a chord, and I liked it a lot. I added that Wolfgang, himself, would probably play the little tune on a synth if there had been such a thing back in the day. After all, he was not a prissy, shrinking violet. He loved experimentation and pushing the envelope.

Marcus said he believed that there is syzygy between modern electronic synths and certain classical compositions.

Because I’d never heard syzygy used outside of a biological or astronomical context, I asked my friend to elaborate on his opinion.

He said that when he listens to a recording of Mozart performed by a symphony orchestra that he feels like the aspects of music–composer, performers, listeners are in perfect alignment. He sometimes visualizes an eclipse or planetary syzygy while the music plays. To Marcus, it doesn’t matter if the piece is performed on traditional instruments or if it is realized electronically.

According to  Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary:
“/ˈsɪzᵻdʒi/
Syzygy is the term referring to when the moon is in a direct
line with the earth and the sun. The average person knows this
time to be a full or new moon.
Syzygy (Zoöl) Any one of the segments of an arm of a crinoid
composed of two joints so closely united that the line of union
is obliterated on the outer, though visible on the inner, side.
Syzygy The intimately united and apparently fused condition of
certain low organisms during conjugation.”

There are several more uses of syzygy in diverse fields such as microbiology, mathematics, and astronomy. I suppose Marcus’ use of syzygy to describe his feelings about Mozart’s music is valid.

I’ve seen the word used as a synonym for alignment or conjunction to describe emotional states. A guru might teach that the attainment of inner peace depends upon syzygy of virtue, learning, and practical application of life’s lessons. Another person might say that authenticity is the syzygy of head, mouth, heart, and feet–that is–thought, speech, emotion, and action build trust.

Anyway, I like the word “syzygy” because it stands out as a shorthand way of describing one of the temporary states of being in our world of constant action. Using the word gives a more three-dimensional quality when communicating the concepts of alignment and opposition.

Ciao
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders something from Indian industrialist and CEO of the Piramal Group in India, Ajay Piramal. “I am humble enough to understand there are many people who know much more than I do on many subjects, so I listen to them. Integrity is also critical to leadership, so I believe there must always be alignment between what you think, say, and do.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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