Sunday, March 4, 2007

The Beauty of Mozart

This past week has been emotionally difficult—the resurgence of demons thought put to rest and the ever pervasive question of my life’s path. When I am in the “depths of despair” and “my life is a perfect graveyard of buried hopes and dreams,” there can be only one consolation: Mozart. When asked what music I like, I must answer first and foremost….classical. Classical music is true art where other musical genres, while lovely, must be categorized as mere entertainment. Mozart however, transcends all. His music is like crystal: clear, bright, sharp, perfect, and when light shines though……illuminating. Mozart enters my soul and makes me cry with the beauty of it. It is times like today that I wish I lived alone. I would turn up the volume to violently high levels, lay in the middle of the floor, and let the music wash over me like waves—surrounded completely by glorious, perfect sound. Sanctification through music.

So dear reader, I have a question for you. What music do you listen to when at the lowest of lows? Country? Blues? Angry chick rock?

And to further meditate on the genius that is Mozart.....favorite quotes regarding his music:

Mozart is happiness before it has gotten defined. (Arthur Miller)

Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music. (Tchaikovsky)

Mozart’s music always sounds unburdened, effortless, and light. This is why it unburdens, releases, and liberates us. (Karl Barth)

If any fault had to be found in Mozart, it could surely be only this: that such abundance of beauty almost tires the soul, and the effect of the whole is sometimes obscured thereby. But happy the artist whose only fault lies in all too great perfection. (Music reviewer)
Mozart’s joy is made of serenity, and a phrase of his music is like a calm thought; his simplicity is merely purity. It is a crystalline thing in which all the emotions play a role, but as if already celestially transposed. Moderation consists in feeling emotions as the angels do. (Andre Gide)
Mozart is the greatest composer of all. Beethoven created his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely found it—that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed. (Albert Einstein)
Sometimes the impact of Mozart’s music is so immediate that the vision in the mind remains blurred and incomplete, while the soul seems to be directly invaded, drenched in wave upon wave of melancholy. (Stendhal)

2 comments:

yola said...

Neil of course, need you even ask? Neil is my pop Mozart, I think he is brilliant in every way. And he has great hair.

E said...

I will break out the Vaughn Williams or the Barber (soooo cliche, oi). If I'm really wanting to wallow I go with Gorecki's Symphony #3 with Dawn Upshaw.

More modern choice would be Paul Simon's Rhythm of the Saints.

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