I decided to create this blog as a result not only of my great love for classical music but also in the hope of breaking down the age-old barriers which stand in the way for those who are curious about and want to learn & experience more of 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 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 rich, the cultured, the elderly. The great composers more often than not were almost entirely reliant on the patronage of the aristocracy to make a living and so it naturally follows that in bygone ages of much reduced freedoms for the masses that their works could only be enjoyed by those who had the means and leisure time to enjoy them.
Fast forward to our new industrial revolution i.e. the epoch of the internet and arguably, classical music is more important than ever. We live in an age of anxiety. Life runs at chaotic speed, chatter is constant, distractions never-ending. 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 a greater push 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.
One thing which I will try to illuminate in the course of the articles on this website are to examine the emotion and the feeling behind the composer’s intentions i.e. what were they trying to express in their creations? My aim behind the writing will always be to reveal the layers beneath and attempt to gain insight into the messages hidden within the manuscript. Where relevant, I will also try to incorporate the circumstances of the day, incorporating historical figures as well as the general topics of conversation.
There are any number of articles online which will provide an academic and scholarly interpretation, complete with musical terminology and technical analysis – these are widespread and readily available. What I don’t believe is so easy to procure is the kind of analysis which I am seeking to create with my own scribbles.
If you the reader derive half as much pleasure from reading and digesting these musings as I have had writing them, then my efforts will not have been in vain.
In the words of the great Sergei Rachmaninov “music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.” Keep exploring!