Crisis and Memory

Lawrence Kramer

in Why Classical Music Still Matters

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520250826
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933644 | DOI:
Crisis and Memory

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This chapter describes how music can ease a troubled mind. This healing potential is traditionally associated with a style of sweet tranquillity, often vaguely hymnlike, often in the vein of a reverie. The healing force of music is not limited to overt consolation or to consolation at all. Some music heals by lamenting, some by inspiring hope. Classical music can do that too, and console just as well as other kinds. Its healing power lies in its capacity for drama. It heals by finding logic to deal with darkness and by giving that logic expression in the fate of melody. The result is the liberating energy, which works against all forms of darkness both great and small.

Keywords: music; troubled mind; tranquillity; logic; melody

Chapter.  10375 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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