08 December, 2012

Music is Art

Music is art.  This statement needs no explanation, except I came to it late in life!  Of course music is art, and those who teach and play instruments are my brothers and sisters.  I stumbled (or is it youtubed?) onto Nadia Boulanger and was taken instantly by her genius as an instructor and by her authority.  Anyone animated by art will learn from her.

Mademoiselle Boulanger quotes Paul Valéry:
 "The gods kindly offer us the first verse. What is difficult is to write the next ones, which will be worthy of their supernatural brother."

Although I am the world's worst music patron, I find Mlle. Boulanger's stature and teaching style to be a very cool drink of water. I am listening to the longer video posted below as I type this, and although I am also the dimmest bulb at French, I am learning. 

"It's always necessary to be yourself – that is a mark of genius in itself,"  Nadia Boulanger.

Nadia Boulanger

My friend at Art and Music, Katherine van Schoonhoven, well understands the bridge between these two arts. Another friend and blogger is Rosemarie Kowalski, who blogs at Peaceful Ones, and she also celebrates the connection between the two.

This longer video, in French with subtitles, I recommend to you.

Nadia Boulanger.


Karin Goeppert and Kenneth Burns said...

This is very interesting! You can see Mme. Boulangers seriousness about her art!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks for the mention, Casey.

Mme Boulangers would not let her students skim the surface, would she? No, she insisted on exploration, understanding, feeling. I loved hearing her say, "with a few minor mistakes" as her student played the Mozart piece.

I came to art later in life, but to music as a young child. Both art and music are deep communications with unique non verbal vocabularies. I believe that both speak to (and from) the inner person. I'm so glad you posted about this subject!

Casey Klahn said...

I', glad you liked it, Karin & Ken.

KVAN, I noticed 2 things about NB. 1. She wouldn't define the difference between the great and genius, but she was adamant that she could recognize it. I think that is true, and she also seems to have been able to teach it.
2. She recognizes God's handiwork in the art.

Celeste Bergin said...

Great post, Casey. Must agree....music is art and I can not imagine what life would be like without it.

Casey Klahn said...

Perhaps life without music would be like life without visual art? I think so.

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