Sunday, March 7, 2010

Some food for thought, courtesy of Igor Stravinsky

"For I consider that music is, by its very nature, essentially powerless to express anything at all, whether a feeling, an attitude of mind, a psychological mood, a phenomenon of nature, etc....Expression has never been an inherent property of music. That is by no means the purpose of its existance. If, as is nearly always the case, music appears to express something, this is only an illusion and not a reality. It is simply an additional attribute which, by tacit and inveterate agreement, we have lent it, thrust upon it, as a label, a convention - in short, an aspect unconsiously or by force of habit, we have come to confuse with its essential being."

It's a very interesting take on music, especially from a man whose work caused fights in the audience. What do you guys think?

The Rite of Spring (excerpt) - Igor Stravinsky

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2 comments:

Felicia said...

Hey wasn't this in the elbo.ws forum?

Very interesting indeed. I always liked what Picasso said about art...

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.

Timmy Mc said...

yeah, I posted it here, and then decided that I'd get better response on the elbo.ws forum, so I put it there too.