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Finale of Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony (“Symphony of a Thousand”), Conducted by Simon Rattle, Performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Posted by westerncivisheretostay on February 25, 2010

Philip Daniel

http://western-civ-here-to-stay.blogspot.com/

The conclusion of Gustav Mahler’s epic “Symphony of a Thousand”…Indescribable.

Celestial.

CHORUS MYSTICUS
Alles Vergängliche
Ist nur ein Gleichnis;
Das Unzulängliche,
Hier wird’s Ereignis;
Das Unbeschreibliche.
Hier ist’s getan;
Das Ewig Weibliche
Zieht uns hinan.

All that is transitory
Is but an image;
The inadequacy of earth
Here finds fulfillment;
The ineffable
Here is accomplished;
The eternal feminine
leads us upwards.








The lyrics above (from Goethe’s Faust) are not quite to my liking philosophically, but the music is unassailable…

…………………

Ayn Rand’s observations on the relationship between an individual’s musical preferences and his/her epistemology…



Music gives man’s consciousness the same experience as the other arts: a concretization of his sense of life. But the abstraction being concretized is primarily epistemological, rather than metaphysical; the abstraction is man’s consciousness, i.e., his method of cognitive functioning, which he experiences in the concrete form of hearing a specific piece of music. A man’s acceptance or rejection of that music depends on whether it calls upon or clashes with, confirms or contradicts, his mind’s way of working. The metaphysical aspect of the experience is the sense of a world which he is able to grasp, to which his mind’s working is appropriate.







Music is the only phenomenon that permits an adult to experience the process of dealing with pure sense data. Single musical tones are not percepts, but pure sensations; they become percepts only when integrated. Sensations are man’s first contact with reality; when integrated into percepts, they are the given, the self-evident, the not-to-be doubted. Music offers man the singular opportunity to reenact, on the adult level, the primary process of his method of cognition: the automatic integration of sense data into an intelligible, meaningful entity. To a conceptual consciousness, it is a unique form of rest and reward.“–Ayn Rand, “Art and Cognition”, The Romantic Manifesto p. 59

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