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By Lawrence Kramer

I used to be lately astounded to listen to that a few shops were piping in classical song to maintain young ones from congregating; it kind of feels most up-to-date young ones actually "can't stand" classical tune. I picked up this little ebook to work out if it may quick supply form to the explanations i've got for my lengthy love affair with classical tune. sadly, if I have been searching for philosophy and aesthetics, i'd have given it a really cautious learn; yet my curiosity the following used to be no longer educational, and that i sought after a quck resolution, which i didn't simply locate. good, perhaps I did obtain my speedy resolution, in a backhand type of manner. Classical track takes psychological attempt, focus, and emotional availablility. I introduced none of those traits to the e-book as I do carry them to my classical listening.

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The very shape of the passage suggests as much. It is as if the formal necessity of expanding the opening moment into a coherent melody entailed the sacrifice of its lyrical self-sufficiency. This hint is confirmed by everything that follows. The mood of this first movement gradually darkens so that the initial hint of longing becomes charged at the end with deep regret. The clarinet surrenders its melodic self-sufficiency to the strings, which at once introduce qualities of complexity and poignancy that they never surrender.

The middle sections of socially oriented pieces (the dances and scherzos) may harbor energies that make their outer sections seem stolid or dreams that make them seem crude. Reflective, inward-looking pieces (certain slow movements or Romantic piano pieces) may pass through psychological or emotional extremes from which there is really no return, conditions that no amount of reflection can contain.

When classical melodies are not given over to change, the exception is not taken for granted but marked, noted, problematized, interpreted. Rounded forms that either lack internal difference or decline to play it out through time are rarities, special cases that bear a special value. These closed melodies tend to present themselves as precious objects, numinous things that can somehow be possessed by the listener, to whom they make a kind of gift, perhaps of insight, perhaps of illusion, or from whom they demand a special recognition, perhaps ecstatic, perhaps 50 / The Fate of Melody tragic.

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