Eligibility to captivate
Regular readers will have noticed that our main page now carries a daily
mini-feature called Captivating Moments,
and long may it run. But it will fizzle out unless most of you realise that
you are also eligible to contribute.
If I was a betting man, I would place money on the certainty that all
of you experience captivating moments when listening to music. The essential
factor is realisation of the moment when it flashes in and out. The few
that I have experienced left a clear signal in my mind, which have instant
recall. There may have been others which fail the recall test, so remain
shadows or simply extinguish themselves.
The importance to us all of personal experiences in music remains essential,
particularly if the incidents have an impact to stir up our feelings generally.
That, I find, is where most of us are slightly bemused. If feelings are
stirred it is often hard to identify the cause, which can split between
several things that have affected us over a period of days.
Music, nonetheless, tumbles us considerably if we hear something new
to us with the right kind of ingredients for our kind of reception. My reception
when much younger reacted like a thunderbolt to a first attendance of Wagner's
Die Meistersinger at Covent Garden. It was not one scene, it was
the whole massive structure overwhelming me like a series of tidal waves.
This experience simply changed my life, and certainly I found myself rearranging
and reassessing my previous view of Music as an art form.
I've heard others revealing such cataclysmic experiences, so this
is fact maybe to countless thousands over the centuries. One can speculate,
for instance, on the impact of great music in an initial performance. Did
any present have the certain feeling that what they heard would sweep the
world? Could they have had extraordinary insight at premières to
know in a flash that what they were hearing was the birth of a masterpiece?
Before I take off and fly around the room in some strange delirium, allow
me to invite readers with suitable ammunition to
bring me back with a bump.
Copyright © 29 March 2001 Basil Ramsey,
Eastwood, Essex, UK
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