mercredi 22 février 2012

Photo: Stephen Gelb

From smoothness to brutality (and vice versa)

1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
Book of Genesis, Bereishit

The experience of a piece that successfully muddles violent and sweet elements is always extremely rich. Building an emotion with two opposite feelings seems senseless though. But considering a music piece as a strict and homogenous expression (of an emotion) is a mistake. The ability to surprise the audience by breaking an apathetic atmosphere with a brutal deafening sound is a radical turning point in the story told by the artist. Suddenly the extreme poles in the set of human emotion are blending and a fascinating form of totalitarism emerges from music.

Joseph Haydn - In the beginning God created Heaven and Earth (Oratorio "The Creation", 1796-1798)