Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Musical Adiaphora

Choosing an instrument is musical adiaphora. There are bad choices and there are good choices. Of course some of the good choices are heavenly....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Who Needs Classical Music?

Here are two quotes from a book I am reading titled, Who Needs Classical Music? Cultural Choice and Musical Value by Julian Johnson.

"The nineteenth-century writer Eduard Hanslick suggested that to judge music solely by the emotions it aroused was like trying to judge a wine while getting drunk."

". . . . Classical music fares badly today-not because it is old but because it demands an engagement of the mind through time (thought) that contemporary conceptions of music no longer recognize. Classical music is at odds with contemporary culture precisely because of its insistence on the tension between the bodily and the intellectual, the material and the spiritual, the thinglike and its transcendence in thought. . . ."