Music is our Love My special thanks to Dr. Friedrich Jacob in Zurich and Dr. Karl Schnürl in St. Andrä - Wördern, without their generous help this work could not have been created.

A cryptographic Exlibris from Zurich  1. Abb. in The Worid of Exlibris. A Historical Retrospective, Belgrade Exlibris-Circle 1995. The print originates from the estate of Herbert von Fels, the former President of the Swiss Heraldic Society.  After his death, it was sold by his children to Benoit Junod, the Swiss diplomat and exlibris collector, in 1983.  It is not referred to in either of the two volumes of "Swiss Exlibris to the Year 1900"  by Agnes Wegmann, Zurich, 1933.

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Interpretation:

With this Exlibris, which is restricted to the symbolic thought and analytic Tradition of the Middle Ages, we can present a three-part emblematic interpretation. The double function of the depiction and the layout, of the presentation and meaning of the following we attempt the symbolic representation, which rests upon, that the depiction means more than what is presented. 7. Emblemata,  Manual for Symbolic Art of the 16th and 17th Centuries Pocket Edition, Ed. By A. Henkel and A. Schöne, Stuttgart, Weimar, 1996.

1. The P i c t u r a , (Icon, Imago, also Symbolon) shows Arion, the Greek singer and poet from the beginning of the 6th Century B.C., on the dolphin. We are indepted to Herodot, 8. Herodot, History I 23f. who has passed on his biography. He was born in Methymna on Lesbos, he wandered to Corinthia, where at that time of Periander the Tyrant (about 625 - 585 B.C.) he was the first to elevate the Dithyrambe, that was closely related in form to the vocal choir-music of the Dionysian Cult, to a high art form. Although Arion proved to be a famous lyre-player, 9. Kithara  (Lyre) The most essential string instrument of the Ancient World, with 7 to 12 strings In  Music in the History and in the Present, 1st Ed., Glossary, Kassel, 1994. it has not been proven that his dithyrambes were actually accompanied by this instrument. In the late ancient and the Classical Period, the dithyrambes were accompanied by the Aulos, 10. The Aulos, ancient reed instrument often made from reed or bone.  It was played in pairs, two separate pipes. (Comp. Note 9) a reed instrument, and it was the Phygian Modus that was used for presentation. The lyre (Kithara) was the musical instrument of Apollo and of the Muses in contrast to the Dinysian Aulos. 11. Reinhold Hammerstein,  About torn Strings and the singing Cicadas. Studies about Emblemata in Music.  Tubingen, Basel, 1994. After a period of staying in Northern Italy and on Sicily, Arion boarded a ship for the voyage home to Greece. When he was threatened by the Corinthian mariners, the singer pleaded to be allowed for the last time to play on his lyre, and began to play. He then threw himself into the sea, where he was born on the back of a dolphin to the Cape of Tainaron, and set on shore on the southern point of the land of Peloponnesia. 12. The Music in the History and in the Present,
(see above, note 9)
The saving of Arion by the dolphin points to the extraordinary love for music, which the Greeks attributed to this human-loving animal which lives in the ocean. It is considered a sacred animal of Apollo and is described by Pindar and Euripides as one that loves the Aulos. 13. Pindar, The Odes  13, 25  and Euripides, Electra  435 ;  See "Arion" in - The Music in the History and in the Present,  (see above, note 9)
Arion riding the dolphin is a known and ever recurring motif in the emblematic literature. 14. A.  Schnee,  Emblematics and Drama in the Baroque Period , 3rd Ed. Munich 1993.

2. The I n s c r i p t i o , (Motto, Lemma) "Musica noster amor": Music is our Love, is a confession of Faith that goes to the heart. In the common language of the European Humanist Movement, it shows the dedication and deep relationship to one of the most beautiful and difficult Art forms.