Aside

afterthought

 

More thoughts on meaning in music:

 

“Music stands quite alone. It is cut off from all the other arts…. It does not express a particular and definite joy, sorrow, anguish, horror, delight, or mood of peace, but joy, sorrow, anguish, horror, delight, peace of mind themselves, in the abstract, in their essential nature, without accessories, and therefore without their customary motives. Yet it enables us to grasp and share them fully in this quintessence.”

 

ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER (1788 – 1860)



2 responses to “afterthought

  1. What do you think about this quote, Sharan?

    I spent quite a lot of time arguing with Schopenhauer, and Plato, for that matter, in school. Professors weren’t interested in anything but a quick survey course, but some of us wanted more dialog.

    What do you think about this quote you so blithely throw out to us?

  2. I don’t buy the complete segregation of music from the other arts. But the quotation applies to Randy’s question about the specificity of any message or emotion we might hope to convey as performers. Music carries something more abstract – that each listener can then make specific to their own inner world…

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