By Constantin Floros
Track is not any mere play of sound, no mere tonal texture, yet has an important psychic, spiritual/intellectual and social size. In different phrases: a musical artwork isn't really purely an independent artifact but additionally rfile humain.» With this thesis - and to be able to the query as to the that means of song as such - the writer opens his extensively designed plea for a «humane music.» in accordance with interdisciplinary researches, and employing in part unusual files, he demonstrates on musical works from Monteverdi to Alban Berg how and why they are often heard and understood as a tonal language particularly of affection. The examine investigates the query of ways adjustments within the notion of affection are mirrored in song and concludes with a caution of a dehumanized international.
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Recited by the first violins, it is in three-eighths meter, the mute is off, the tempo marking is Presto, and the principal key is E flat major. Melancholy here means depression (Bach’s term is Schwermut) and lethargy, while the sanguine temperament means cheerfulness (Bach calls it Munterkeit) and activity. What gave C. P. E. Bach the idea of designing his trio as a discourse between a melancholic and a sanguine? It is conceivable he had heard of Handel’s oratorio. But the confrontation of melancholy and joy was in any case a popular theme in 18th-century art as well as literature.
Of Ludwig van Beethoven, whom Romain Rolland called one of the “manliest” of musicians,31 it is reported that he had to contend with bouts of melancholy. His despair when, in 1798, he became aware of the first signs of the debility that eventually led to his deafness was immense.
The singer Arion, a native of the Isle of Lesbos, has acquired great wealth in Sicily and Italy. Evil sailors rob him during his passage back to Corinth, but before casting him into the sea, grant him one final request: to be allowed to sing and play a song of farewell. 3 Orpheus, finally, the son of the Thacian river god Oiagros and the Muse Calliope, is a divinely endowed singer and kitharist; some regard him as the inventor of the kithara and even of music altogether. He can enchant even plants and animals with his song and string-playing.