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Why Classical Music Still Matters$
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Lawrence Kramer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250826

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250826.001.0001

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Crisis and Memory

Crisis and Memory

The Music of Lost Time

(p.171) Chapter Six Crisis and Memory
Why Classical Music Still Matters

Lawrence Kramer

University of California Press

This chapter describes how music can ease a troubled mind. This healing potential is traditionally associated with a style of sweet tranquillity, often vaguely hymnlike, often in the vein of a reverie. The healing force of music is not limited to overt consolation or to consolation at all. Some music heals by lamenting, some by inspiring hope. Classical music can do that too, and console just as well as other kinds. Its healing power lies in its capacity for drama. It heals by finding logic to deal with darkness and by giving that logic expression in the fate of melody. The result is the liberating energy, which works against all forms of darkness both great and small.

Keywords:   music, troubled mind, tranquillity, logic, melody

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