<< -- 4 -- Gordon Rumson MUSIC MATTERS
Music is not mere titillation for the ears, nor excitement for the pelvis,
though it may be those things. Music tells us about much, much more.
We listen to music to comprehend life itself, just as we read books of
spiritual content, read philosophy, poetry or history. Indeed, an intellectual
life without music is as obviously flawed as an intellectual life without
say, poetry. From music we can glean knowledge of how to live.
And so it is, that Wilfrid Mellers may also be the key to making sense
of the current collapsing classical music world, declining ticket sales
and fading interest in the 'immortal' masterpieces. The situation is changing,
our society is changing and our needs are changing. The music of the past
may not answer our requirements as they once did.
Emeritus Professor Wilfrid Mellers
Except, and this is the exception, if music does matter, if music is
as serious a path to knowledge as philosophy, poetry, scholarship, mysticism
or science, then we must maintain our collected wisdom and draw upon it.
No philosopher would jettison Plato just because it's old fashioned, nor
would anyone mock the old fogy Whitman. We need their wisdom, we need their
ideas. And so too in music, we need what Beethoven inspires (Sri Aurobindo
commented that he thought a true path to spirituality potentially lay in
Beethoven's music), what Mozart inspires, what Sculthorpe, Mahler and Gershwin
inspire. The very sounds they created make a difference. For indeed, music
does matter. And Wilfrid Mellers is one of music's most powerful advocates.
Copyright © 28 November 2002
Gordon Rumson, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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