Sunday, November 22, 2015


Forest Music

Georges Perros (1923-1978), Paper Collage: Selected Aphorisms and Short Prose, tr. John Taylor (London: Seagull Books, 2015), p. 55:
Is it by chance that what's essential in music comes from Central Europe, far from the sea? I don't think so. The sea engenders no echoes. And echoes constitute all of classical music—the forest, Salzburg. You can't imagine either Mozart or Beethoven without a forest. Especially Beethoven. His sonatas run through woods, with sudden clearings, shadowy spots, streams, flights, twilights.

Caspar David Friedrich,
Waldinneres bei Mondschein

Hat tip: Ian Jackson.

Related post: Forest Murmurs.

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