“The slightly prissy and demure aspect of some of Mozart’s and Haydn’s music can be legitimately criticized as a character flaw in music—albeit one mixed together with many other great virtues. ‘Classical restraint’ is therefore a vexed concept—like the modern concept of ‘fun’—which packages together some positive things with some negatives, blurring together what is beneficial and proper with what is damaging, frustrating or dangerous.” www.EmotionInLifeAndMusic.com
From Chapter 2 on "The Psychological Signature of an Emotion," the section on "The Musical Form of the Psychological Signature," of Emotion in Life & Music.
“Smetana’s Overture to The Bartered Bride, an expression of the happy optimism of the European Enlightenment, is a superlative study of all the different variations and transformations of the emotion of joy.”
From Chapter 3 on "Objectivity and Musical Emotion," the section on "The Least Subjective Thing in the Universe," of Emotion in Life & Music.
"It is time to take music out of the stinking toilet of subjectivism."
From Chapter 1 on "Emotional Life," the section on "Solipsism: A Mind Wrapped Inside Itself," of Emotion in Life & Music.
"The man who does not know himself, defeats himself."
I'll be leading a MeetUp discussion on "Bringing Music to Your Classroom and Home"
Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
The T.E.C. Schools, Think. Explore. Create
73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA 01609, Worcester, MA
How can students come to effortlessly incorporate singing and playing instruments to their lives? How can it become a pleasant and natural part of their activities, in contrast with motivation problems that sometimes accompany "stereotypically strict piano lessons"? How can children have fun learning music rather than being forced to "practice"?
More information here.
I'll be teaching a seminar on the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, for young people ages 7-15, at the art museum in Worcester, MA. It will include study of mythology, history, visual art and music. It runs on two Sunday afternoons, this coming Sunday, January 29 and Sunday, February 12. We will continue the program on later Sundays if there is further interest from parents. More information in the flyer below. For more information and registration call Rupali Sharma at T.E.C. Schools, (508) 577-3045.
From Chapter 4 on "Emotional Integrity," the section on "Music as an Emotional Integrator," of Emotion in Life & Music.
“Music takes you on a ‘guided tour’ of the process of separating and combining feelings, of completing the incomplete; of departure from, and return to, a baseline of healthy, balanced contentment; of ‘rolling with the punches’ in adaptive flexibility that copes with upset yet maintains the poise of dynamic stability and direction; the process of building psychological organization and order; the process of growing. It is a miracle means of educating and strengthening the soul, and of training for excellence in the domain of feeling.”
From Chapter 3 on "Objectivity & Musical Emotion," the section on "Music as an Emotion-Object," of Emotion in Life & Music.
"Music is a systematic mathematicization of emotion."