A THOUGHTFUL RESPONSE
Editor BASIL RAMSEY considers the part played by music
during occasions of national mourning
Yet again this week music has played a prominent part in British national
mourning, this time for the passing of the late Queen Mother, a remarkable
lady who played a considerable part in the conduct of the Royal Family since
1937. This act of respect from people young or old rose so naturally that
many accept it with little thought for its basic elements.
As music lovers, those likely to read these words know that our art is
essential for providing gravitas on occasions where feelings may
be deeply moved. There is no other artform so likely to create such powerful
motivation within our minds.
Solemnity is frequently confused with dullness. Its qualities are the
very reverse -- positive, caring, and mindful of strength within. As we here
endeavour to place music as an overwhelming contribution to any sense of
occasion, it begs a thoughtful response.
Copyright © 7 April 2002
Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK
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