Evett, Robert
March 1952
New Republic;3/24/52, Vol. 126 Issue 12, p18
The article discusses the meaning of music in the light of the book "The Meaning of Music," by Paul Hindemith. This subject has been relatively taboo for a long time. The notion that music could represent physical objects and literary or historical events had a great vogue during the Romantic era. Most modern composers are still embarrassed by the more grandiose aspects of romanticism. They like to talk about technique and style--aspects of music that are subject to more or less objective evaluation, but they avoid discussion of musical content. Music is not compounded of symbols which have a semantic meaning, it is hard to determine the causes of the sensual, emotional and moral aspects of the music. Memory patterns provide the basis for musical understanding.


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