Sunday, March 29, 2009

A footnote

Further to Thursday's post, another angle on Why Music Matters. There's a very real sense in which all of our arguments for the value of music are missing the point: the value of what we do can only be demonstrated ostensively, never proven intellectually. A pleasant wake-up call, then, to read this birthday tribute to William Walton. For me, a piece like "A Litany", written when the composer was only sixteen, banishes any doubts about the value of what I do. Your mileage, as they say, may vary, but you wouldn't be reading an organist's blog unless there was some piece of music that spoke to you in a similar way. Perhaps blogging about this topic misses the point: perhaps I am making a more crucial contribution to the debate simply by playing my services today:

What can be said at all can be said clearly, and what we cannot talk about we must pass over in silence.

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