I originally decided to create Exulansis as a kind of blog focused around my great love for classical music. There was a desire to try and break down long standing barriers faced by many a curious individual who wish to learn and experience to a meaningful degree this rarefied world, but feel somehow disheartened or put-off by the stigmas that exist, whether it be the perception that classical music is elitist, requires superior mental horsepower to truly enjoy and understand or simply because they feel uncomfortable or ashamed to delve deeper.
First and foremost, classical music is for everyone despite the conventional wisdom which asserts that it is exclusively for the privileged rich, the cultured, the elderly. The great composers, more often than not, were almost entirely reliant on the patronage of contemporary aristocracy in order to make a living and so it naturally follows that in bygone ages, these epic works of art could only be commissioned by those who had the means and leisure time to enjoy them.
If we fast forward to our new and modern day industrial revolution i.e. the epoch of the internet, you could argue that classical music is more important than ever. We live in an age of anxiety. Life runs at chaotic speed, chatter is constant, distractions are never-ending. Most people are stressed to their limits and despite an unprecedented wealth of information that is available and at everyone’s fingertips, it sometimes feels as though little makes sense in this crazed modern world.
As a result, there is an ever greater demand for new age topics such as mindfulness, meditation and taking care of oneself. Music itself coupled with natural extensions of the art, such as listening, discovering and debating it can be truly cathartic in such circumstances.
That’s all very well, you might say, but where do we go from here?
Having compiled a number of essays over a period of 12 months, I decided to collate and publish them all in an eBook, complete with hyperlinks and visual depictions. One thing I consistently tried to achieve in the course of my articles is to examine the emotion and the feeling behind the great composer’s intentions i.e. what were they trying to express in their creations? My aim behind the writing was always to reveal the layers beneath whilst attempting to gain insight into the messages hidden within the manuscript. Where relevant, I also tried to incorporate the events and circumstances of the time, incorporating historical figures as well as the general topics of conversation.
Essentially, there are any number of articles online which will provide an academic and scholarly overview, complete with musical terminology and technical analysis – these are widespread and readily available. What I don’t believe is always easy to procure is the kind of analysis which I am seeking to create via my own writings.
Having published a further book on the topic of music and its cultural impact over centuries, I decided to direct my creative energies into publishing a first novel and a collection of short stories.
Dear reader, I truly hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed creating them.