Música: um guia prático para o iniciante -- Unidade 3
UNIDADE 3 -- RAÍZES MUSICAIS
Perhaps the minimum requirement for "art" is that it communicate SOMETHING to at least one person. That means that every piece of music, no matter how strange or seemingly insignificant, is legitimate. And if this is true, it suggests that there is no such thing as a bad piece of music--only a bad listener. Now that's a dangerous thought. . .
Just as my fingers on these keys Make music, so the self-same sounds On my spirit make a music, too.
Music oft hath such a charm To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.
Music in all ages has given man a sense of mystical but immediate kinship with the transcendent and the universal.
Musical cerebration as a game for its own sake may fascinate a small minority of experts or specialists, but it has no true significance unless its rhythmic patterns and melodic designs, its harmonic tensions and expressive timbres penetrate the deepest layer of our subconscious mind.
I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
The Golden Rule of the Arts and Sciences: "He who has the gold makes the rules."