Entries in listening (3)
...you are outside the world of music making, or feel that you are. If people started to act on these suggestions music will have more meaning again, and very quickly...
"The confusion concerning music as a means of communication clearly arises from a lack of understanding of what music really signifies. If we try to qualify the meaning of a piece or a passage of music in terms of specific emotions, we immediately run in to difficulties of which I have already spoken. Not only do we find the music essentially indefinable, but the more we try to to define it, the more unsatisfactory the result. What we achieve fails to be convincing as a true description of the music; and it becomes clear immediately that the music does not rouse the same specific feelings in different individuals- in fact, it does not define feelings at all. Once more, music embodies the attitudes and gestures behind feelings- the movements, as I have said, of our inner being, which animate our emotions and give them their dynamic content. Each of us qualifies these attitudes and gestures according to the associations that our experience has provided."- Roger Sessions from The Musical Experience