Music's Magic

By Our Music Correspondent

The Story of Music continues...

Eastern Arcadia

(Cont.)

Romantic

When one moves across the border into Arcadia, the music changes dramatically. In fact, "dramatic" may be the single best word to describe eastern Arcadian music. The composers of note of the time include L. van Beethoven, Johanna Brahms, R. Wagner, and Giacoma Puccini, among others.The music is rich, emotional, and sometimes even bombastic. Harmonies in eastern Arcadia are varied and new, while rhythms are used for emotional impact. In fact, everything is used for emotional impact. These Romantic composers want to express everything about the soul that can decently (and sometimes a little indecently) be expressed. Their operas, masses, and concerti push the limits of acceptable music further than ever before. This music is good when one needs a cry, or simply to be lifted out of oneself,cleaned thoroughly, and then wrung out and left somewhere to dry in the sunlight. In other words, a pette might feel a bit limp after a concert of Romantic music, but she will also be infinitely happier and more spiritually healthy.

Western Arcadia

The music of western Arcadia is for the most part a reaction to the eastern Arcadian style. The pettes in western Arcadia learned a lot from the Romantic music of their neighbors, but it was all a bit much, wasn't it?And so the music of that part of Arcadia is rich in harmonies, complexity,and emotion, but it is also more introspective and quiet (not necessarily calm, mind you) than Romantic music. Of course, forte dynamics have thei rplace in western Arcadian music, but they certainly don't appear as much as in eastern Arcadia. One particular composer to look for is Claudia Debussy,a Frenchwoman whose weird, dreamy music is very otherworldly.

There you have it. Music that spans both centuries and geography, and that,when listened to frequently and with attention, can protect one from thehorrors of the Pit. Humming a line from Puccini's "La Boheme" is a sure wayto avoid Pit contamination, as is playing a phonograph recording ofHandel's "Water Music" in the sanctity of the hestia. The sacred nature of music and its protective powers are inviolate, powerful, and eternal. So,pettes, off to the phonograph stores with you!



Next month our Music Correspondent will offer a list of recordings to look for in the phonograph store and at fleems. Don't miss it!


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