In most philosophy of music, “the underlying premise is that mathematics is empty, impoverished, meaningless, inhuman—that it applies only to the external, material world and not to the life of the soul. Math is thought to be contrary to spirituality—to, in fact, kill emotion.” www.emotioninlifeandmusic.com
“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.”