"The mind is a compact, multiply connected thought mass with internal connections of the most intimate kind. It grows continuously as new thought masses enter it, and this is the means by which it continues to develop."

Bernhard Riemann On Psychology and Metaphysics ca. 1860

"It is clear that the minds are the most important part of the universe, and that everything was established for their sake; that is, in choosing the order of things, the greatest account was taken of them; all things being arranged in such a way that they appear the more beautiful the more they are understood."

G. W. Leibniz

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Today's Polished Musicians

These days performance of classical music is all surface. Techniques to enhance gymnast-like mechanical abilities abound. There is no sense that beauty is anything other than mere effect. Even the idea of substance is relegated at most to some arbitrary outpouring of supposedly intense emotion...Can it be that that same art that produced the Ninth Symphony dedicated to Schiller's call for a universal brotherhood of mankind has now become so trivialized and debased? Wagner inflicted his hateful compositions upon the world a century and a half ago...I'm afraid the musical world has never recovered.

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