How Stoicism influenced music from the French Renaissance to Pink Floyd

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Music is everyone’s refuge. People find comfort and healing when listening to music without even giving much thought to how this happens. Stoicism, similarly, was developed by philosophers to manage destructive emotions. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, during a period of social and political instability in France, Stoicism was applied to musical ‘text paintings’ with lyrics and melodies that remind us of the fragility of life. The efficacy of this ancient system to address afflictions like anxiety and addiction is still recognised today. Read full article here

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