“The capstone, the highest emotion possible, is not vexation or ambiguity, nor trite smiles, but joy as the summary of the power of the mind to successfully deal with inner conflict, incompleteness, and growth.” 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.”
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."