March 30, 2009

What Music Does/Is

“The Greeks said that music and astronomy were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects, and music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls and helping us figure out the position of things inside us.”

— Karl Paulnack, in a welcome address to freshman class at Boston Conservatory of Music, Sept ’08

I would add that it’s not only the study of such relationships but also the sharing of those relationships via arrangements of sounds (obviously). As my friend Roman said the other night, it’s the feeling that counts most. And as Kristofer said the other day at rehearsal, usually one reaches for music in order to feel something. Feeling = the relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects.
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