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The Potential of the Musician
The Musician’s Sovereignty over Space and Time
The art of mastering space and the art of simultaneously mastering time is founded in the genuine friendship of the musician with space and time.
Through pure self-awareness the musical idea originates on the level of infinitely condensed and rhythmically organized diversity, and as it naturally unfolds, it brings to light the life-supporting influence of the lively, inner order of the artist himself
If the musician makes space and time his friends, he can present their coexistence in a perfectly unified form, a form of twofold infinity.
The Enlightening Influence of the Musician
This way of truthfully and realistically describing the natural and perfect relation of his two great friends, space and time, fills the musician with love, and gives him the inner strength to work untiringly to bring light to the areas of even the greatest darkness by joyfully singing the song of his own discovered, innermost essence the innermost essence of every man.
Musical Craftsmanship Beyond Tones
Here, too, genuine craftsmanship is not based on the field of music, but on universal humanity.
Only the very personal friendship of the musician with the universal forces of space and time enables him to exert his creative life-giving effect in his surroundings.
Fundamentals of the Art of Controlling the Instrument
All other technical skills, the playing skill of the instrumentalist, the method of rhythmical variation, and the technical control of the overtone spectrum are based solely on this great imperishable friendship with the powers of infinity.
If the musician does not secure himself this necessary friendship, these two sovereigns drive him into the world of limitations like an enemy, into the world of mental-spiritual narrowness, into the world of problems, and he drags his listeners with himself.
Success or Failure of the Musician
That composer or musician, who attempts to play space and time off against each other through spectral periodicity, and to destroy their innate connection, is like a fool fighting these two great powers of nature.
The natural basis of any meaningful musical activity lies always in the inner friendship of the musician with these mighty, intimately related powers of space and time, and the success of the composer, and musician respectively, lies in truthfully presenting this immortal relationship.
Musical Performance on the Level of Immortal Freedom
If the composer, and the musician respectively, succeeds in winning the two great powers of space and time for his intimate friends by realizing the full value of their alliance on the level of his own personality , he becomes immortal himself and inspires his listeners to immortality. Then space and time are his two mighty patrons in the glorification of the high ideal of true human freedom.
The Lively Unity of Space and Time
The friendship with space is established through the understanding, and the friendship with time is established through the feeling.
In classical music creation space and time are intimately related like great friends.
The Immortality-Giving Nectar of Music
And thus, during the experience of classical music, time-awareness on the level of the feeling becomes space-awareness; and space-awareness on the level of the understanding becomes time-awareness;
and finally, space and time are known as unity as the holistic perfect being, which with his miraculous arms, space and time, offers the listener the immortality-giving nectar of life.