For years I have been enjoying Sting’s music. For example the live recording of his concert in Berlin, together with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, is something I find endlessly beautiful. Continue reading Sting and Christmas music
Call it a beautiful aria, a classic one or a good song: it is all possible. It doesn’t matter whether you like classical, jazz or pop music — it appeals: “Summertime” by George Gershwin. Continue reading The Music of Happiness (3)
“You just don’t have any sense for music” — we know it as an effective clincher in every music preference conversation. But can we never use this ‘sense’ as an argument?
I believe we have something more meaningful to say about it. In my previous blog I presented two maxims that arise we view beauty in music in the same way as virtues in ethics. The second maxim of these says: “One has more sense of beauty than one other, and this sense of beauty can be developed.” Continue reading The Music of Happiness (2)
When do we consider something beautiful? The question is impossible, but it continues to come back again and again. In his book “The Architecture of Happiness”, Alain de Botton applies this question to architecture. I read the book with great pleasure; through this book I got a better understanding of the reasons we like buildings for. But I also believe that these insights are broader and go deeper than just buildings. Therefore, I want to reflect on beauty in music, using De Botton’s book. Continue reading The Music of Happiness (1)
I almost finished my musical education without becoming a real musician. I mainly learned to play the music from the past very well. Only in the last phase of my studies, with my Artistic Research and in improvisation classes with Hayo Boerema, I learned what it is to be a creative musician. And, as I mentioned in my previous post, this has changed my views on music. Continue reading Improvisation by inspiration (2)
My view on music has changed a lot over the past year. This is mainly due to the musical research I did: the ‘Artistic Reserach’, an important part of the ‘Master of Music’ education program. My Artistic Research was on organ improvisation. In May this year I completed this research. In this post I will present the content and results of this research. How it changed my view on music is implicitly visible here, but I will come back to this in detail in the next post. Continue reading Improvisation by inspiration (1)