Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Rick (
Date: Sun Feb 13 2005 - 17:46:17 EST

I know that everyone's been avoiding putting this one in, but here it is anyway.

"My freedom will be so much the greater and more meaningful the more
narrowly I limit my field of action and the more I surround myself
with obstacles. Whatever diminishes constraint diminishes strength.
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one's self of the
chains that shackle the spirit."

    Igor Stravinsky, Poetics of Music

On Sun, 13 Feb 2005 14:05:23 -0500, David Mooney <> wrote:
> As much as I admire and have been influenced by Cage and his
> ilk, this idea of music free from rules or removing the
> influence of the individual from music, in the way that that
> Cage & co. approached it, was a highly mental Western thing
> to do. I.e., the "no-rules" system of rules were as much a
> product of their time and place as any other system of
> thinking about sound and music; very much a part of the
> practice of music in wider culture and society. This was
> also the age of abstract expressionism in art--more
> rule-bound no-rules art.
> Kevin Austin wrote:
> >
> > A historical and cross-cultural look at music as it has been
> > practiced for the past 3000 years will show that there are rules.
> > Sometime in the mid-20th century a few western individuals proclaimed
> > that music could be free from rules, but that has not altered the
> > practice of music in wider culture and society.
> >
> --
> David Mooney

Rick Nance
De Montfort University
Leicester, UK

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