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Erotic music

There seems little doubt in my mind that the two major stimuli to the creative activity of our greatest composers are sex and death.  Perhaps they are linked; they are closely allied in the natural world. Plants not only devise remarkable methods of procreation, but can spring as vigorously from natural disasters and chemical warfare […]

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The True Subtlety of Music

If, as many history text books direct us to, we believe that tonality lay down and died between the great 20th century wars, then we have to resign ourselves to having lost not only a vital organ in the apparatus of the musical body without which longer term survival is unlikely, but we are also […]

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