Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: miriam clinton (iriXx) (
Date: Wed Feb 16 2005 - 19:25:07 EST

Eliot Handelman wrote:

> miriam clinton (iriXx) wrote:
>> Eliot Handelman wrote:
>>> That the project represents total music-intellectual bankruptcy goes
>>> without saying.
>> never mind music-intellectual.... how about /music/ period?
>> where is that indefinable magic that disappears when it is quantified
>> or overanalyzed?
> If it's there it doesn't disappear just because you've gotten to know
> the the thing a little better. There's
> no kind of analysis that can ever exhaust art, because art is a
> reflection of man, whom we're not capable
> of exhausting, to paraphrase Borges. But on the other hand there's
> every reason
> to wish to know more about music than we really do at present from any
> angle you can think
> of.

i'm not so sure.

i adore 'Mache dich, mein herze, rein' - the final aria from the Bach
St. Matthew Passion.

i spent hours trying to work out what made it tick - hours and days - to
find out what exactly made it have that magical somethingorother that
makes me bawl my eyes out every time i hear it.

in doing so, i lost the magic. yup, i found out sequences of major
sevenths, tension and resolution, and the sarabande (i think?) rhythm.
in the end - so what? - because i lost the music. i lost the beauty of
it all.

it took me months of not listening to it to regain that beauty, the
moving quality it has for me.

overanalysis is dangerous territory.

analysis, yes, fine - but try to find every single angle that there is
in a piece of music and you'll lose sight of the wood for the trees.

at least, thats been my experience - and not only with the Bach - with
various pieces of e/a also - but this was the saddest moment for me.



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