Chopin, Music and the Blue Ocean

Philosophy and Music – Chopin’s music cannot be classified into conventional categories, for their elegance lie in an unique fashion – they’re not elegant in the grandeur or realistic manner of the British sensibilities, nor are they free in the naturalistic and somewhat impressionistic ways of the French, but are rather close to the Russians, in that they are somewhat symmetrical, structured geometrically, yet in this geometry of rationality, Chopin’s notes exhausts the artistic palette of human existence. In a way, Chopin corresponds to a ‘compatibilist’ view of free will. My personal preference is still the picturesque blue ocean that is calm and fair, in the middle of the night with the moonlight reflecting off the waters, this reminds me of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto. However, generally the Romantic composers are varied in a broadened landscape – the German composer Schubert is a fine example. Berlioz on the other hand, is definitely not my cup of tea, for its heaviness already exhausts me, it burdens me and puts me into a state of nausea; but I love Beethoven, for Beethoven is perhaps the powerful explorer who gave himself to music, he walked from the Classical into the Romantic, powerful but not heavy – light indeed, punchy, disciplined yet fiery, a burning passion reins; he is efficient, far more efficient than Berlioz and the like, for they’re less powerful even with a heavy weight, but Beethoven can utilise all of his notes into energy, into bursts of light, of art. And for me, the absolute freedom of Sartre is always in presence, so perhaps it is Satie, Debussy, and these dark violet passieurs which really soothes me.

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