The Three Great Steps of the Listener towards Truth
From the Musical Sound-Space to the Motif-Space
The Musical Path to Ever More Fulfilling Fields of Experience
The Listener's Journey to the Depth of the Musical Meaning
The Listener on the Way of Unfolding his Power
The Listener Releases his Potential of Energy
The Musical Creator as a Pioneer
Classical music knows different steps of empirical gaining knowledge. Basically, we distinguish:
purely comprehending the musical reality,
judging the musical truth, and
the determined musical path to knowledge
For the listener, the systematic road to knowledge begins in the musical sound-space, where he hears the sounding musical work.
By means of his faculty of logic he gathers step by step the musical meaning from this composition, and coming from the musical sound-space, he enters the world of the motif-space. Here, at first, he experiences the unfoldment of a single motif, and then the unfoldment of more and more motifs.
In this process of gaining knowledge in music, the listener starting from the musical sound-space reaches finer and finer fields of the musical logic, of the truth conveyed in music and so attains to more and more fulfilling fields of experience.
This increase in joy comes about because the music, as it progresses, discreetly leads the listener indeed, seduces him with skilled persuasion to open himself to the fields of higher musical order, and this opening himself is based on a gradual unfoldment of his own inner energies of life and cognition.
Perceiving the own, higher energies available to him now gives the listener the feeling of greater own inner power. And this increased inner sense of power casts a stronger aura of fulfilment around him.
Music guides the listener step by step by mustering all the skill of persuasion at its disposal, and with infinite patience into the fields of higher and higher musical order. Thus, with the help of music, the listener unfolds his inner, higher worlds of energy for himself; and even without perceiving this mechanism in detail, the listener draws the full personal advantage from the process of cognition outlined by the classical composer.
The classical composer, however, is fully aware of the effect his musical knowledge has on the listener, because he had walked off this way himself, when he designated it for the listener.