Modernity consists of perversions of notions drawn from Christianity; to be a modern means to be deeply enmeshed in them.
“Now we shall get rid of the weight of dead men’s thought, which has hitherto pressed so heavily on the living intellect.”
Music offers assures us that there is something out there in the world that knows our hearts.
Music as symbol is the whole of all things. It is the world.
To speak about music is to speak about everything.
“A momentary illusion of having really got hold of what is the matter with modernity.”
“Tonality died somewhere around the time that Nietzsche’s God died.”
Wagner’s story is addressed to modern people, for whom the path to heroism is overgrown.
Many have argued that music lifts man to higher levels of mutual understanding and binds people together.
If classical music is not about Beauty, then what is it about?