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Music As Communication

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My first really powerful musical experience came at a very early age when I happened upon a recording of Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony in my father’s record collection and I put it on. This music communicated to me so powerfully that, afterwards, when I read the descriptions that Beethoven had made on the manuscript from the record jacket, I was merely validated. I thought ‘of course, that’s what it had to be about; music about various scenes in nature’. It’s interesting that Beethoven also made the following note on the manuscript;

“The hearers should be allowed to discover the situations,”

“All painting in instrumental music is lost if it is pushed too far,”

I find this very interesting because it is a bit of an explanation of how music is a two-way communication...

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