CORPUS AETERNUM (part 2)

While working on the Corpus Aeternum composition I strived to look upon Human Body as a ‘part of a structure’, that also holds, imbeds the ‘Whole’, as Hippocrates suggested. The Eternal Body that houses ‘the Whole’, ‘the One’, denotes, decodes it, allows it to interact but also provides with a solid reason to transcend its mortal nature. And trying to dive into this mental structure which I try not to think of it but to ‘be it’ for the time I am composing, I composed a work that consists of 20 parts for mixed Choir and Piano. The reason being that the whole work had to be performed only by Human Bodies through their voices, through their breathing.

My music tries to portray mental, emotional as well as experiential human states like hope, fear, love, tendency to escape, but also being in peace, the fear of decay, balance with nature, with time, with the universe.

The Human body is not only a ‘Temple’. It is the ‘means’ and the vehicle for a ‘journey’. It is the ‘material’ that generates thought, that creates life, decodes it through stimulus received by our senses, interacts with the rest of the universe, and other Human Bodies. Stephen Hawking suggests that the ‘mind’ is produced through the everlasting interchanging and interacting electrochemical reactions of the Human Body, in other words ‘The Body’ creates ‘The Mind’, all thoughts, feelings, mental images, even ‘day dreaming’ – the so called Ensueño in Spanish, every motivation for every action, for every change, for life, itself. It is the only ‘System’ that transcends itself, that grows bigger than itself in order to ‘Self include’ itself or expand its limits to ‘include’ through osmosis ‘The Other’ (all other… other Humans included)

This is why we so often deify the ‘Human Body’! It is not by mistake nor a chance that we often portray and identify ‘the whole’ human personality, on the ‘Human Body’, a face, the eyes or other human parts…

The Eternal Body, the Corpus Aeternum, is the Egg that holds matter and spirit, mind and soul as the ancients thought, the fragile eternal life… and the essence that gives form to life. It is carried on from generation to generation, endlessly, eternally, just like Nikos Kazantzakis wrote about sexual momentum, an instinct, a biological, cellular knowledge – in the form of unsaid, unthought absolute truth.

Music has the privilege to not linger on words that create singular but often ambiguous thoughts. Painting likewise. This is why me, and my friend and colleague Hristos Papanikolaou through his 77 paintings delved into this almost insane endeavor…

In search of Hippocrates, I found ‘The Human Body’. It is because after all these centuries the name of Hippocrates has become almost synonymous to it.

We are all so blessed to ‘own’ life, to breath it, to be it…

We all know it… But we just don’t believe it yet…