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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000789.txt from 2002/05

From: Mark Gustavson <>
Subj: Re: [kl] A Colour Symphony op. 24
Date: Thu, 30 May 2002 11:14:40 -0400

Since you bring it up... why ask questions then? Where will one go with
an answer that isn't right or is one of many that are right. The Q&A is
a system that is in search of something and that something cannot be a
pile of answers of which none are "right". To say that there are many
answers but none are right probably means that the wrong question is
being asked. It is understood that the answer comes before the question
and the effort is to find the right question. The answer is the piece of
music. It is fine to ask questions but most of the time when one has an
extramusical answer, they are content with that explanation or don't
have enough musical education to go to the next level of questioning
which will limit their emotional reaction to the music. It's like a child
reading a book that uses many "big" words within a rich and complex
structure. There is just so much one can skip over. The point of the work
will be missed and the feel or texture of the work will not be felt.

Mark Gustavson

Tony Wakefield wrote:

> Tony Pay said:-
> > You can see that it's the act of asking themselves about the music
> > that's important in this process, not the answer they come up with.
> > There are many answers, none of them 'right'.
> Wise words!
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