Monthly Archives: September 2012

THE SYMPHONIC STATUS OF BRAHMS

Despite his unquestionable greatness as a composer, Brahms must surely rank with Schumann and Mendelssohn in between the truly great symphonists (9 or more) of Beethoven and Schubert on the one hand,  and Bruckner and Mahler on the other hand. … Continue reading

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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR?

The idea of Jesus Christ as ‘Superstar’, as in the rock musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice, is a complete contradiction in terms, making Christ appear synonymous with all that, in metachemical vein, is most contrary to metaphysics, … Continue reading

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THE JEWISH GOD

The State of Israel, being predominantly Jewish, recognizes one star and one star only – the so-called Star of David.  One might then ask: Is not this star and Jehovah fundamentally one and the same?  For how can the one … Continue reading

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YOUNG AND OLD IN OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS

When you’re young and in despair (about the future), you regret having been born.  When you’re old and in despair (about the past), you look forward to death.

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THE NATURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

A prime characteristic of much if not all classical music, by which is primarily meant music of an orchestral or symphonic nature, is its want or dearth of percussion, particularly of a repetitive as opposed to sequential order of time … Continue reading

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WHEN EVIL IS NOT RECOGNIZED

If you don’t have ‘God’, that is, a genuine grasp of metaphysics, with its heavenly fulcrum in the soul, then you might not know what or who the Devil is, since more inclined, in the circumstances, to take for granted … Continue reading

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THE ENEMY OF TRUTH

Beauty knows only one law: the natural law of will to power over men for purposes of reproduction. Aided and abetted by love, beauty usually succeeds in having its way at the male’s expense; for beauty is the fulcrum of … Continue reading

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NOTHING NOVEL ABOUT NOVELS

Writing a novel for book publication is really equivalent to writing a symphony for orchestral performance, whether or not you thrown-in essays and concertos for good overall  physical/pseudo-chemical measure, the novels and symphonies arguably more pseudo-chemical than physical, with a … Continue reading

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MICHAEL SCHENKER

The genius of Michael Schenker is such that each and every note seems pregnant with meaning, fecund in its relationship to an intensely inventive and original riff and/or run, with substantial harmonic underpinning, where applicable, of vocal leads and choruses. … Continue reading

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FREEDOM

Pushed too far or taken beyond a certain point, freedom is apt to become tyrannical.  The freedom of one man becomes the enslavement of others to the tyranny of his freedom, which knows no bounds except those laid down, rather … Continue reading

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