Music, Listeners, and Silence

This seems to me an insightful comment about music: “[John] Cage reminded us that what music communicates `is always going to be largely dependent on the subjectivity of the listener irrespective of the presentation and intention of the composer.  That’s where the beauty of music/sound lies.’  Perhaps this is the hardest lesson that Cage taught classical music.  Strip away the mythology of great composers and the stories their music told and all that’s left is sound.  Then listening becomes a proactive responsibility.  Music is no longer entertainment.  You must sit, sometimes in silence, and listen hard.” (London Review of Books, 12/15/16)

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George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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