Gomez got conjunctivitis babysitting Mirabeau’s dirty little brats, so he’s typing with just one of his customary four eyes. Forgive the brevity this week.
British composer Sir Micheal Tippett (1905-1998), not well-known enough if you ask me, said this about “the musician’s responsibility”:
“Images of the past, shapes of the future. Images of vigor for a decadent period, images of calm for one too violent. Images of reconciliation for worlds torn by division. And in an age of mediocrity and shattered dreams, images of abounding, generous, exuberant beauty.”
How inspiring! And by “musician” Tippett meant “composer,” but I mean not only composers, but performers, AND listeners who really hear, the crucial link in the chain.
© 2011 by Frank Daykin, for Innovative Music Programs