Category Archives: Music

The Friend and his Beloved

When a close friend talks to me about love in their lives, the world is suspended, and for a while nothing else matters. Pantelis often talks to me with melodic tenderness about the woman of his dreams. He describes her … Continue reading

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Friends making Music together (2)

Dr. Pantelis Polychronidis is a consummate collaborative pianist: He does not accompany fellow musicians but actively works with them to create new music, unique compositions that have not been heard before. This is especially evident in his meticulous work with … Continue reading

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Α melancholic ethic

In all kinds of work associated with Robert Schumann a ruminating protagonist draws on melancholy as an ascesis of affect to practice a post-classical critique of repetition and identity. We see this role everywhere, from the Byronic unrepentant hero in … Continue reading

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Τhe friend as internal condition of thought

The friend is not an external circumstance but an internal presupposition of all thought as such. This friend, the “other self,” is a philosophical and political condition of thought: He is not the second piano but the second pair of … Continue reading

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The care of the self as care of the “other self”

What is the meaning of Aristotle’s notion of the friend as an “other self”? An etho-centric (as opposed to ego-centric) understanding of the notion, one centered on character, posits that the highest friendship is based on the friend’s valuable traits … Continue reading

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The alienated philosopher: Adorno on Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

By making failure the redemption of success, Adorno damned all classical music. Only Missa Solemnis resisted his prophetic fury. Adorno resented Beethoven’s Missa (1819-23), op. 123, because he could not fit it into his grand narrative of “late style,” of … Continue reading

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Franz Liszt’s services to artistic sacralization

Franz Liszt (1811-86) is a pivotal cultural figure in that the entire formation of classical music as a public institution can be traced just through his career, an inescapably central nexus in the sacralization of high art. Everything that has … Continue reading

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