Re: Solo ea

Subject: Re: Solo ea
From: Eliot Handelman (
Date: Wed Feb 16 2005 - 23:44:42 EST

> Eliot Handelman wrote:
>> miriam clinton (iriXx) wrote:

> 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.

Did those things tell you about the magic? Clearly not.
I've spent many, many hrs thinking about sometimes passages of
not more than a few notes: just today I was thinking about
a terrific passage dense with meaning in Vivaldi. What causes it?
It's much more than the 7ths, etc. I once spent a week thinking
about the first 7 note sof the chopin 1st nocturne and I never
exhausted them. If you want to try to penetrate into musical
experience you need a fundamentally new approach that dispenses
with the hackneyed sagacities of conventional school-music
analysis. V-I never says anything meaningful about meaning.

-- eliot

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