Music is an art. An art is that medium which attempts to imitate reality. This imitation can be of two basic types: the first is precise such that the result of the art is known as real directly. In visual art, for example, a painted portrait of a person would resemble the person quite exactly. The identity of the person would be preserved as would the most prominent attributes, allowing easy recognition. The second type of imitation in art is not precise such as an impressionistic or a surrealistic representation would imply. Modern art is filled with this type of imitation of reality. Thus, visual artists can rely upon distortion or altered perspective, for example, and still play in the field of reality. The essence of classical music wherein the medium is not visual since it is sound can be understood by this analogy to visual art.  It is in classical music where harmony is preserved and where mellifluous texture and matching tones please the mind. There may be some cacophony or discord in some styles of classical music. However, the primary motive of a classical piece is to depict the integrity of the simple beauty of euphonies, combinations of sounds that agree with one another and thus have a pleasing effect.  It is true that we can perceive one objective truth such as harmony by hearing its opposite, cacophony. That perception by inference is an example of an inexact imitation. Similarly, we can hanker for softness when we hear harshness in a piece or in a style of music altogether.


In classical composing, this composer chooses to reflect upon the natural sounds to be heard in a wood, by a pond, by a stream or on a mountain where the wind in the trees and the distinctive music of the creatures may create a symphonic truth, a presence or a reality so glorious to existence that only beautiful melodies and perfect harmonics can attempt to imitate the subjective reality gleaned from that nature's exposition of sound. The language of music has the power to depict and to capture the presence of a mountain, a tree or a lake as a mere entity. This composer finds great inspiration in reflecting as well upon the dynamics of action in nature wherein one interacts with the beautiful surround. In the wondrous ski world, say, where harmony and equalization with winter are realized, the sonorous classical music style addresses with rhythms, topical themes and resounding melodies a skier in devoted action, skiing on the mountain of winter.


One can query as to how such depiction can occur with such a diffuse, indirect language as music if one accepts music as a language in the first place. For unlike visual perception wherein we experience form, color, symmetry, three-dimensional perspective, and the names to match that objective reality, sound offers a more suggestive perception through  music.  Music confers a subjective dominance of realization, even self-realization, in the perceiver who is the listener. In the style of classical music, the very constitutional attributes of the sound wave itself are preserved in their natural harmonics.  And this preservation of harmonics, the simple, mathematical, symmetrical proportionalities producing melody and harmony, lends the style that is classical music to the matching tones, to the sweeping thematic statements and the various descriptive textures.


Thus, classical music not only pleases the mind but also can portray the reality that is nature. Indeed, classical music is endowed with the potential mode of ineffable abstract elevation whereupon much like equations sheer ideation and conceptual complacency ascend unto a soaring platform for musical artistry. Whether ethereal or bucolic, this is God's Creation to be reflected upon through music, classical music.

The Composer who  cares,      

            Marilynn Stark 


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