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Unity in Nature; An Analogy Between Music and Life

Unity in Nature; An Analogy Between Music and Life

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Excerpt from book: LAWS NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL. Let it be assumed that, as was suggested in the last chapter, Beethoven was right, in his feeling about the independence of music, then, on examining not only his music but any music, it will be found that it is not necessarily swayed by the programme, but that it is governed by certain laws, as everything in the material world is governed by the laws of nature, and a very definite parallelism Is thereby revealed between the world if music and the material world. This world exists in space and in time, whereas music has but the single universe: time. The sequence of events in this physical world is infinite and is infinite also in the world of music. This world is governed by the unalterable laws of nature, the world of music is also governed by the laws of harmony. Are these unalterable? Or are they arbitrary conventionalities like the laws of nations and the regulations of society? And what is the nature of these human laws? In a constitutional empire the laws are not unchangeable, yet slaves and serfs would be inclined to imagine that the laws of a State are like the forces of nature, that they are ever present, unalterable. Their only remedy for sufferings is to break the laws, the remedy of fr'eemen is to alter them. But even to the average man, laws are practically unalterable, for they are surrounded by much complicated machinery, such as police, prosecutors, clients, advocates, judges, prerogatives, etc., and they would not readily serve as an illustration of the nature of alterable laws. Social codes, customs, and regulations, although more changeable, are in their growth governed by some almost naturallaw, so much so that their arbitrary character is nearly lost to sight, and their nature is difficult to unravel. It is therefore better ...
Book Details
ISBN-13: 9780217416207
Publisher: General Books
Binding: Paperback
Language: English
Returnable: N
Spine Width: 10 mm
Width: 186 mm
ISBN-10: 0217416209
Publisher Date: 04 Feb 2012
Height: 242 mm
No of Pages: 182
Series Title: English
Weight: 336 gr
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