Sound is a Subject


Over and over again I see evidence that sound is a subject, in fact a way of thinking. Oddly, this is usually less evident when professional musicians play than when children and amateurs dare to expose their involvement with it, which is always profound because unfettered by technique.  
Composers give us access to that subject in the same way that poets give us access to a special kind of verbal meaning.  They refer to the familiar and depart from it sometimes all at the same time, making us pay attention to the deviations which are often the gateway to the new and completely unexpected.
Mozart will accomplish this sometimes by indicating a forte where we don't really want one, thus interfering with our own process and insisting that we imagine his.


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