There is a newly articulated interest among music theorists regarding music written by composers with disability.  I often wonder how many of those theorists have themselves experienced disability.  For it is one thing to know it inside of one's own body and brain, and something entirely different to observe it in the life of another - even if one's own child.
A child born with disability experiences imbalance in one or more forms since day one.  The craving for stability in such a child is beyond description.  
It is a challenge for such a child to contemplate instability as an interesting, compelling, even desirable state.  Yet instability seems increasingly to me to be the over-riding factor in what makes a composition compelling.
How too bad that so much instruction stresses stability, obscuring the whole point.
 


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