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By Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1461596270

ISBN-13: 9781461596271

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Writing approximately music-about what it really is and what it means-is such as describing the act of affection. one way or the other, the relief of the event to an unblushingly targeted exposition of ways, the place, while, and why who does what to whom, from prelude to resolu­ tion, loses every thing within the translation. the opposite severe, the single in which the author, in desperation, motels to metaphor (with or with out advantage of meter and rhyme), regularly ends up in im­ agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, vague, pretentious, and in most cases insufferably romantic. to accomplish reliable and exact writing approximately tune is as infrequent an accomplishment as professional wine-tasting, lion-taming, diamond-cut­ ting, truffie-finding and (if one simply occurs to be an unconverted Mohican courageous) deer-tracking. simply the intuitive, the natural, the sensual, and the intrepid want practice. specialist musicians usually facts a set tendency both to rudely forget about otherwise to actively despise these people who bravely try and comprehend, outline, and describe their paintings. To many composers and instrumentalists, these outsiders (nonmusicians) who've the temerity to debate something extra summary than the electronic dexterity of a fiddler, the actual self-importance of a conductor, or the salary scales for additional time recording periods are judged invaluable purely of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music skill itself," insists one of many members to the gathering that follows, and plenty of practitioners of the paintings of organ­ ized sound would like to go away it at that.

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AIl discord, harmony not understood. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) An Essay on Man, 1732 Delight must be the basis and aim of this art. Simple melodyclear rhythm! Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) Letter, June 21, 1868 What distinguishes dissonances from consonances is not a greater or lesser degree of beauty, but a greater or lesser degree of comprehensibility . Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) Style and Idea, 19S1 Creators and Components We have learned to express the more delicate nuances of feeling by penetrating more deeply into the mysteries of harmony.

In its excess it is the triumph of the physical over the morale of music. The sentiment is overwhelmed by the sense. Edgar Allan Poe (1 &xr49) The Rationale of Verse, 1843 We must have recourse to the rules (of music) only when our genius and our ear seem to deny what we are seeking. Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) Le Nouveau systeme de musique theorique, 17 26 It is often by seeing and hearing musical works rather than by rules, that taste is formed.

It is for the interpreter to resolve the rigidity of the signs into the primitive emotion. . ~erruccio Busoni (1866-1924) Sketch of a New Aesthetic of Music, tr. 1911 Where is the apparatus that man could invent and set in motion which would allow harmony's million tongues to sound? Where is and where will ever be the techniques which will allow the thousand registers of the world-organ to play? " John Cage (1912Silence, 1¢1 There is an essential difference between making a piece of music and hearing one.

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