Category Archives: Listening

Η Φωτεινή Τσαλίκογλου κι εγώ ακούμε τη λύπη στον Σούμπερτ

Είμαι ευγνώμων στη σοφή φίλη Φωτεινή Τσαλίκογλου που μου αφιέρωσε το παρακάτω αφήγημα για τη μουσική λύπη στην έξοχη συλλογή της  Οι παράξενες ιστορίες της Κυρίας Φι (2019) που μόλις κυκλοφόρησε.  Το αφήγημα συλλογίζεται γιατί είναι λυπημένοι, πρώτα οι ακροατές, … Continue reading

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Listening ahead

Listening to Beethoven’s overture (1807) to Collin’s forgotten drama Coriolan (1802), I am always filled with trepidation, struck by the great number of times the music stops. It is not just the agitation of the first theme.  From the very … Continue reading

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Spiral motion in time and space

Here is an orchestra spinning a gyre: Helix (2005) is an exhilarating single-movement short orchestral work by Esa-Pekka Salonen (b. 1958) that traces the revolution of a conic helix.  It starts slowly at the wide bottom of a cone and … Continue reading

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On not Reading Music (3)

Is there a study of the role of music in friendship,                                                                          a study of the way in which music helps people establish and maintain strong friendships, the way the love of music becomes a powerful code of communication for close … Continue reading

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On not Reading Music (2)

Why should I read music? If in most of my life I have been an above-average connoisseur of many kinds of music, especially classical, and if I have no aspirations to play an instrument (which I don’t), why would I … Continue reading

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On not Reading Music (1)

“I’ll teach you!” Pantelis volunteered as soon as we started calling each other “my other self” in late 2009. For a person who has been thinking with music all his life, to be unable to read music represents a gap … Continue reading

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Listening to music as a skill

What if listening to music is a skill, like playing it?  For example, listening to these pieces for ruined pianos arguably requires a skill. In her book Intelligent Virtue (2012), philosopher Julia Annas, an authority in Greek ethics, draws on “the … Continue reading

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