Music, Mathematics and Nature

Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. – Leibniz

The question of how music is related to the natural world, has come up for centuries, from the philosopher Plato, who considered it as a branch of physics, to the eras of more complex mathematics. Sound is a repetitive wave motion that moves through space and time. Mathematical relationships can be found in the frequency of notes just as it is found in the rest of nature. Patterns are found in the forms of seashells and pineapples, in snowflakes and drops of water and at the molecular level. Everything is considered to be in motion as well, creating vibrations; all of creation can be said to be singing:

Indian Flute – The River Of Tunnels

Carefully cut

The river cane

That will play

Its heart to me.

That will sing

To nature

Who answers back


Call and dance,

Such playful joy,

Its love song

To the sinews

Of desire.

Wind tunnels

Of wisdom

Beg to come alive;

Breathing life

Into that which

Did not exhale before.

From tunnel to tunnel

To the funnel of the world.

The backwards flowing


Expands to magical heights

And changes all

Before the eyes.

Wind before the eyes.

Wind tunnels of meditation

Stirring insides

That can force

A world of change.

It is the love-host

That will circle

The silence

And bring forth

The hidden shore –

The one glanced

Through brushed ears

From gentle zephyr

Of a wind tunnel’s

Caressing wave.


Please use the comments at the bottom of this post to tell me your own stories, poems, opinions and thoughts.

Writing Assignment: Write about how a certain piece of music can bring up images in your mind.

Music Assignment: Take a piece of music that you really want to know inside out and try to find patterns. Take note of the frequency of each one you find.

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About tatiana333

Tatiana Pietrzak graduated with a Master’s in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After studying in London, Paris, Siena and Florence, she lived and worked for four years in Beijing in film and television. She has published articles in The Beijing University Newsletter, The Eagle and The Santa Fe New Mexican. In addition, she has won two Editor’s Choice awards from the National Library of Congress and was granted a Distinguished Membership from the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee of The International Society of Poets. Presently Tatiana is working on her first novel and a second compilation of poetry.
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One Response to Music, Mathematics and Nature

  1. jaswrites says:

    It reminds me of the differential line pattern (calculas) in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

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