"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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Sunday, January 04, 2015

Beethoven's Ninth and Remembering the Future

This past week I had the inestimable pleasure to attend a performance of the composer's ultimate symphonic gift. The last symphony I experienced had left me with an urge to identify the process that Beethoven's compositions evolved that draws in the listener to experience a delight in harnessing the creative faculty. It especially is striking in the passage from one movement to the next. Near the end of the first movement of the ninth there is a passage that has a sostenuto underlain with a counterpoint evoking the grand opus of masterworks of J.S. Bach. But more than this, this signals a sort of musical memory for the future development yet to come.

If one's mindset is that events just chaotically happen and that therefore humanity can only hang on as hapless spectators at some incomprehensible orgy of a modern day Roman circus, then all that our ever loving purblind elite does for their own good does make sense. But that road leads to the demise of love for all beauty that rightly befits humanity and the prospect that none will take up the open challenge that Ludwig van Beethoven has left for remembering the beauty of the inchoate future.

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