Re: Musical Language was:(Re: DIPLOMACY: Memetic Morphing)

Brian Manning Delaney (
Mon, 16 Nov 1998 22:29:06 -0800

Max M Rasmussen wrote,

> As a long time musician (+15 Years) I am
> absolutely convinced that music is no more than
> a stylised abstraction of the human language!

Perhaps -- though it may also be that human language is an abstraction of music!

Nietzsche wished he had "sung" _Zarathustra_. Some 20th century composers wished they had written novels (or political tractates). Nietzsche was smarter, I think.

The question ultimately requires determining how much language refers outside of itself. Tricky question, to be sure, and not just for posties (people who refer to their beliefs as "post-modern," "post-structuralist," etc. -- also a kind of breakfast cereal with a very, very high glycemic index).

Off to jam,