From Beethoven to Shostakovich : the psychology of the by Max Graf

By Max Graf

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Mood is isolated from everything that would otherwise occupy the people's mind. It is in itself a condition that is richer than the state of the soul in This everyday life; it is unity of emotion, an expansion of life, a concentration of all human powers that glow like wine in a golden goblet. The sensual pleasure in the play of tones alone, the changing figures of sounds cannot create such a state that penetrates the whole person down to the very roots. Whoever listens to the circling of voices in a Bach fu- gue, to the chorales of the Mattheus Passion, to the serious tone pictures of a Haydn symphony, to merry or the "Magic Flute" choruses, to Mozart's Sarastro arias, or to the struggling, wrestling aspiration, to the tragic or heroic adventures of Beethoven music, and hears only lovely or magnificent tones or understood music.

In prehistoric times, and in primitive conditions, tone sensuality of tone have something elemental. The piercing sound of a whistle made out of stone or animal bones, (unearthed by the hundreds in regions of primi- and tive settlements), or the made scream, represented a erting droning of a drum excited the man in his entire being. It inflamed him and his blood boil. His own voice, intensified to a primitive all charm which he produced by his strength. music making, singing, ex- Among most primitive tribes beating and blowing of instru[52] THE EROTIC FORCES OF FANTASY ments to this day possess the same elemental, stunning, exciting character.

They tell of giants and dwarfs, humans, of evil spirits and speak, and talking trees. to of animals that change can of fairies, of birds that Children's songs contain melodies, rhythm and scales that belong to a prehistoric past. The child's soul itself that animates everything and is spoken to by everything from crying to laughis, by virtue of its rapid change the soul of the musing, primitive man. took thousands of years of human evolution to reflow press fantasy. Scientific thinking restrained the free of pictures, ideas and emotions.

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