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We have placed far too much emphasis on the potency of music to capture
a higher human spirit. The Nazis loved the greatest music and look what
Music is also simply dangerous to people as the professional musician
with tendinitis will tell you. Music is bad for the soul as the rock musician
will tell if he can awake from his drug induced coma or the classical composer
will tell if he can be roused from his bitterness.
Classical Music as a High Art is a sham. Glass, who is a mirror for our
folly, has shown us this. The lesson can be found in the fact that the external
appurtenances of classical music, being absent from Glass's music, are not
directly related to the inner spiritual content of music. For this reason
a lone folk singer in a kitchen on the shores of Cape Breton Island can
have more inner meaning than a giant symphony played by the world's best
But remember, as Rumi said: There is fool's gold because there
is real gold. Modern Classical Music as we know it may be a sham, but there
is Real Music.
Great music is not found in the technical structure, for Glass's
music has none of that, nor does the folk singer's, but great music is found
in some inner realm of spirit that is beyond mechanics, beyond technique
and beyond the mere surface noise of music.
What can the modern composer learn from this? That a new simplicity is
possible only when, instead of relying upon technique for the creation of
music, the composer listens within his/her own soul for the promptings of
the Spirit (and please do not reduce this to a merely religious doctrine)
and discovers the true harmony. In ancient times it was called the Harmony
of the Spheres and our world was but its reflection. We must clean the mirror
of our own souls -- to use a visual image -- and then ... and then ... listen.
Thank you Mr Glass for this excellent lesson.
Copyright © 14 August 2001
Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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