Fresh Air

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by samstevens, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. I agree sam.
    Museum shows can be very affective eye openers.
  2. You are to spelling what ee cummings was to capitalization, wringing out subtlety with a single letter.
  3. from your mouth to all my spelling teachers who wanted to wring my neck with frustrations
  4. At a Beethoven concert I went to this morning, a local music scholar introduced the first of three string quartets by marveling at the opening chord, a diminished 7th, a dissonant introduction. He reminded us that today, this is not terribly unusual but in Beethoven's time it was shocking. The musicians played and held the chord for us, the speaker went on to talk more about the quartet, and then we were treated to a great performance.

    It struck me that his discussion put me in a frame of mind to listen somewhat innocently and I adopted, just a little and without really thinking about it, the mindset of an early 19th-century listener. (Of course, my cell phone was turned off at the time!)

    Later I thought about this thread and info that accompanies art and came to realize this was a case where the info was actually able to strip away some stuff in order to get us to listen with less sophistication than a 21st-century ear might otherwise do. Accompanying info might just be subtractive in some situations and can bring us (some of us!) closer to the art itself by helping to release us from contemporary assumptions or approaches.

    I'm happy to have the benefit of the history of music following Beethoven and finely-crafted instruments with a more modern sound. But there is a sense in which knowing the contexts of the original performances can create a more rather than less one-to-one relationship to the music as composed and originally performed, where my more up-to-date self can get out of the way.
  5. I think its interesting that Sarkowski didn't recognize it was a hearse.

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