Classical music plays a vital role in my life, but I have always asked myself a question: should it be considered as an art, capable of making us vibrate with emotion, or as a science that we must submit to a thorough analysis? intellectual? This is something that experts have not yet agreed on. For my part, I would simply say that it is likely that it participates in these two aspects and that fundamentally, science is only a form of art and art as a form of science. No matter what attitude you adopt towards it, this basic question of musical culture goes beyond simply knowing the different musical productions and those that compose them.

 

For our appreciation to be as complete as possible, it is necessary to know the complex world of classical music, because yes, classical music is a complex universe and to study it from an early age, it is not I would say the opposite ... It is as if, looking at a cathedral, our eyes were to reconstruct the characteristics of each stone, each stained-glass window, according to a large number of parameters, only to finally perceive the architectural totality. Yet, some would have us believe that classical music is ultimately only a marginal and insignificant activity ...

 

Economically, it is true, its status places it far behind the industries of football, beauty products or the automobile. Semantically, it is most perverse: irreducible to any discourse, it refuses to constitute a closed system and even arrogates to itself the right to transcendence. Philosophically, finally, she inspired a monumental course of nonsense ... And yet, she is still there ... She turns ... She trains valiantly her spheres, even if her many faces and innumerable paradoxes have made that, the more we have means of to know it, to judge it and to appreciate it, the less we are able to determine its true essence.

 

So what is the good of all our science, what good can it be to speak of music, except to utter empty phrases. The sincere lover, will find himself more knowledgeable when he knows that the famous castrato Carlo Farinelli sang the same tunes every evening to Philip V of Spain to soothe the melancholy of the monarch. If Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his variations Goldberg, as he mentions in his dedication, to comfort the lovers of this instrument, no matter whether they were commissioned by Count Herman Carl de Keyserling, Russian ambassador in Dresden, an insomniac who wanted to find the way to sleep.

 

Did Piotr I. Tchaikovsky commit suicide for homosexuality ? And what influence did his inclination have on the genesis of pathos ? Why Eric Satie, between a visit to the Schola Cantorum and the project of a copper airship, he was concerned to raise the music to the art of furnishing? What impetus was Ignatius Paderewski, the virtuoso chopin pianist who enchanted Europe at the end of the nineteenth century and who himself composed Polish operas and dances, became Prime Minister of Poland and a signatory to the Treaty of Versailles ? For which activities did Albert Schweitzer, Bach's majestic performer, obtain the Nobel Peace Prize in 1947 ?

 

I will not attempt here, as some have foreseen, to pronounce on the reasons for the sociologically growing success of the musical art, nor to theorize about the respective roles of art, craftsman or artist ... After all, it's the role of the Ministers of Culture and their minions. Not none of it ... I just wanted to flip through the pages of an ever-renewed enchanting story, of loyalties and successive breaks, of love and philtres and to share with you my passion for classical music simply … Read more…