Style in Musical Art

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XVI
THE FUNCTIONS OF THEMATIC
MATERIAL
II

IT is generally considered to be evidence of a low order of mind to dwell too eagerly on personalities. The inner meaning of the love of personal gossip obviously is that the minds who regale themselves with such mental fare have no scope or range, and are incapable of feeling things in their wider and more interesting relations. Yet there are points of view where the more developed minds recognize their concurrence up to a certain point with such a mental attitude. They must indeed admit that the evidences of personal humanity in a work of art are of the very highest importance; for it is through them that the difference is felt between a work of art and examples of mere ingenuity. Great achievements of engineering or mechanics are admirable in their particular sphere, but they are not expressions of humanity and they are not art. Even the flaws in the art work of a great individuality are more valuable than mountainous piles of correctitude; for they remind men of the humanity which was engaged in the making. Art might from this point of view be summarized as the

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