Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Form and the Formless

Generic musical styles are neither wholly individual nor idealized representations of type.

These are not works emerging into form, being structures in the manner of existing compositions and productions. Enjoined by common expectations to specific stylistic configurations, they are nonetheless depleted of the marked and determined character that made their various inceptions startling.

Expectation leads merely to its fulfillment; for artist as composer, the unknown becomes what it will in the crucible of aesthetic vision and principle.  Risk and failure are nothing when the reward is beauty and elevation, and neither gold nor spurious immortality match them in value.