The Essence of Music: And Other Papers

The Essence of Music: And Other Papers

The Essence of Music: And Other Papers

The Essence of Music: And Other Papers

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The time has come to recognise the whole phenomenon of music as a "oneness" and no longer to split it up according to its purpose, form, and sound-medium. It should be recognised from two premises exclusively, that of its content and that of its quality.

By purpose, I mean one of the three realms of opera, Church and concert, and by form, the song, dance, fugue, or sonata; by sound-medium I mean the choice of human voices or instruments, and amongst these are included the orchestra, quartet and pianoforte, or the manifold combinations of all those mentioned.

Music remains, wherever and in whatever form it appears, exclusively music and nothing else, and it only passes over into a special category through the description given to it by the title and the superscription, or the text to which it is put, and the situation in which one places it. Therefore, there is no music which can be stamped and recognised as being Church . . .

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