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Innovators are better

Re: Innovators are better
August 21, 2013, 09:26:06 PM

Some of the greatest music ever written was "absolute music", meaning that it did not reference anything outside of itself, lyrically or thematically. Someday there will be a return to this form and the blaze of brilliance created by its innovators will cause all of this human-focused music to pale and wither.


A few questions to ponder:

Did not the nineteenth century already have much to say about this notion of "art for art's sake"? Wasn't this period the triumph of humanism?

Isn't the practice of self-reference in art, by definition, a kind of egotism? How could it possibly not be human-focused?

You may find a worthy challenge, and answer, in Richard Weaver's chapter "Egotism in Work and Art" in his book Ideas Have Consequences. (I can only provide you a link to a fragment of this chapter.)

Re: Innovators are better
August 21, 2013, 10:20:04 PM
Many critics and composers said that absolute music was divinely inspired.

However, if it is egotistical, so what? Does that diminish the product in some way?