By Paul Hindemith
The ebook goals to be a consultant throughout the little universe that's the operating position of the fellow who writes tune. As such it talks predominantly to the layman,although the specialist composer can also locate a few stimulation in it... From the heart of uncomplicated conception the dialogue will opened up into all of the nation-states of adventure which border the technical points of composing, corresponding to aesthetics, sociology, philosophy, and so forth.
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Is he, during this three-months period, thinking of nothing but funerals? Or can he, in those hours that are not devoted to his work because of his desire to eat and to sleep, put his grief on ice, so to speak, and be gay until the moment when he resumes his somber activity? If he really expressed his feelings accurately as they occur during the time of composing and writing, we would be presented with a horrible motley of expressions, among which the grievous part would necessarily occupy but a small place.
A composer who wanted to use music in the same sense a language is used could do so only by preparing a voluminous dictionary, in which each particle of a musical form corresponded with a verbal equivalent. But apart from the fact that he never would find a strict definition of the term “particle of a musical form,” he would have to come to an agreement with other composers as to the exact meaning of the entries in the musicalverbal vocabulary. Knowing what musicians are like, we can be sure that there will be as many different versions of the dictionary as there are musicians interested in the project; and even if through some supernatural influence the ideas of two or more musicians could be unified, the listeners would never want to get acquainted with the fixed symbolism of a musical language.
A Composer's World: Horizons and Limitations (Schott) by Paul Hindemith