Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Wagner had this idea that the different art forms should synthesise and that there should be a single art form (“gesamtkunstwerk”) that is perfect in every artistic way: musically, visually, dramatically … If you go to Glyndebourne, that experience is pretty much what you get. Architecture Only a few of the 15th-century stately home’s rooms are open to visitors, but the Organ Room is pretty … Continue reading Glyndebourne is the gesamtkunstwerk

Desire in Music (Part 3)

Read parts one and two first! Exactly why Mozart is great Here is a mini analysis of the ‘desire’ structures of the Mozart excerpt featured in my previous post: Micro scale: The first bar contains a plain C minor chord. At the second bar in, we get an intruder, a seventh note [red] creeps into every chord. A seventh note is often used just before the end … Continue reading Desire in Music (Part 3)

Structures of Desire (Part 2)

Read part 1 here. In my previous post I talked about how desire motivates our actions and decision-making. It is also clear that the same structures of desire that we see build up and resolve, or defer and frustrate, in our everyday lives, also recur in the structures of the art we make. Desire and fulfilment can only operate in time, and so it is … Continue reading Structures of Desire (Part 2)