Reflections Upon Musical Art Considered in Its Wider Relations

Reflections Upon Musical Art Considered in Its Wider Relations

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...spring in us, and unlocks past feeling, that actually penetrates to the region of our latent sensibility. Pondered upon deeply, this hypothesis of Darwin's impresses strongly that here is the door to the mystery of music's power over1 us. It may seem at first sight that the region of experience out of which, according to it, those past feelings which music revives arise is too circumscribed, and thus the feelings themselves of too special a nature to form the basis of such a manifold influence as music. But when we look further into the full argument which was in Darwin's mind in advancing this explanation, this region and these feelings are not so limited as they at first sight appear. Darwin was impressed by the fact of the capital importance of the stimulus of sound more or less musical throughout the vast range of sentient being. Not only are the humblest organisms of various kinds specially formed to be susceptible to this stimulus, but its influence must be a peculiarly pervading if not crowning element in their consciousness. Being present then at such comparatively early stages in the march of life, there is scarcely any limit to the backward range of this susceptibility in the line of ancestry of any advanced organism. Consequently, however far back may have been the circumstances amid which the feelings were excited which Darwin supposes music revives, there must have been created in the possessors of those primitive feelings, when in their turn under the influence of this stimulus, an answering tremor echoing as far back again, and so on; and throughout all these experiences this susceptibility to sound would relate to moments in life of raised if not highest consciousness. A glance at such considerations as these suggests how...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236866673
  • 9781236866677