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I am new to the group and to the works of Dion Fortune. I've been reading her novels and have just started on Psychic Self Defence.

I have two music related questions. Firstly, I was wondering if anyone would have any idea what kind of music Dion Fortune might have listened to. Secondly, I'd also like to know if anyone has ever recorded versions of the chants and songs from her novels?

Whichever novel I read I end up wondering if Dion Fortune had specific melodies in mind when she wrote the chants and songs and what they might have sounded like. I sometimes wish authors would include sheet music in their writings...on the other hand perhaps it's part of the point that each reader creates their own melody, probably many different melodies, each time they read it. Alternatively, I might be taking it all rather too seriously and missing more important points...

If anyone could shed some light on this I'd be grateful.

Wendy Accepted Answer
Hello Scipiana

What interesting questions. Although I have musical training I must confess that it has never occurred to me to think about Dion Fortune's musical preferences. I'm sure that in the 1920s - 1930s she would have attended concerts held at the Assembly Rooms in Glastonbury, and there's a lovely description in her Avalon of the Heart of Rutland Boughton's opera The Immortal Hour that she must have seen performed there.

I believe I have somewhere read an account of how DF 'intoned' the chants in her novels when she included them in magical rituals such as The Rite of Pan and the Rite of Isis and I can't imagine that she would have spoken the words in a normal voice. But I don't think her chanting was given any precise notation and I can only guess that she performed them differently each time.

I'm going to think some more about this!

Best regards, Wendy
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