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“The Primal Art”


Photograph by John Diamond, M.D.

In 1940 Stravinsky delivered the Charles Eliot Norton series of lectures at Harvard University. They were entitled “The Poetics of Music.”

I feel certain that whoever came up with the title was not a musician. For it is backwards.

Implied is that the aspiration of music is to as poetry. But rather poetry and all the other arts are aspiring – or should be – to music.

For music is the primal art, the anlage of all the arts. They are only valid to the extent that they aspire to be as if Music.


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