By Michael Alec Rose
Author and composer Michael Alec Rose is helping readers decode the indicators composers provide us of their music—sounds that invoke very specific ideas, photos, and cultural contexts—and unearths the intense ingenuity with which convinced items set up recognizable figures in a musical landscape. None of this is often performed systematically. each one art reinvents "the code" and calls for a special set of approaches. But the chapters during this invigorating book spring from an analogous musical flooring, the place the one factor that issues is to concentrate on the wonders of serious music.
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I am being so hard on her because she’s so good — I could impose the same unreasonable critique on the later Paul McCartney, too. Historically, artistic failures of this kind assume much greater import when they collide with the political realm. Leni Riefensthal’s infamous, Nazi-celebrating film The Triumph of the Will proves beyond any doubt that a well-made work of art can lack any conscience. Riefensthal’s filmmaking is of a piece with the Third Reich: the movie, like every piece of Nazi ideology, exploits symbols with absolute cynicism, drawing upon the spiritual energy of cultural forms (for example, the magnificent civic space of medieval Nuremberg) without the least intention of internalizing the process that evolved those beautiful forms in the first place.
34 Audible Signs In the Ninth, then, Beethoven seems to uphold Shakespeare’s lording of words over music: the finale suggests that instrumental music alone is incapable of articulating true joy. Poetry can do it, though. Eventually, the “shadow-voices” of the cellos/basses are replaced by an actual baritone voice, and the instrumental variations of the melody of joy are replaced by solo and choral versions of the tune. A good measure of “what makes Shakespeare and Beethoven great” (a line from Meredith Willson’s The Music Man) is the vexing fact that any effort to hold either of them to something like a concrete belief, or to know exactly where they stand on a particular aesthetic question, is doomed to failure.
Look where the experts have got us. All we need is love. ” This is something Guy Davenport wrote, and I will always love him for delivering this simple, cultivable truth. My two-year-old boy sings “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” straight through, his performance a marvel of toddling intonation 18 Audible Signs conned from Telly the Monster on Sesame Street. Following Telly’s lead, he pauses for breath and launches into “A-B-C-DE-F-G” on the same tune. A pause. Then, “Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool,” same key, same tune, same astonishing recognition of patterns belonging to this fleeting moment in a child’s life.
Audible Signs: Essays from a Musical Ground by Michael Alec Rose