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The Free Play
of Human Forces in the Language
The Classical Composer
as a Guide
Traits of the Human Character on the Path to Perfection
With the free play of the qualities of the human character in the motif-technique the composer intends to promote the free inner will of the listener to cultivate his character. In the universal language of music the musical creator shows him ways and means to juggle with increasingly higher and more comprehensive, more joyful inner-human values.
Thus, to the composer, the motif is that original musical element through which he takes the listener by the hand on the level of his feeling and understanding and carefully guides him step-by-step into worlds of greater human happiness.
When a motif in its derivations, its deviations, its changes i.e. in varying disguises interacts with itself in the musical work and appears with many different faces, the musical creator describes the manifold forms in which the human character in its most varied shades dances skilfully and successfully through the world of aspirations, nibbling everywhere without settling down into boundaries.
And always there are guiding and guided motif qualities; and the musical motifs always move within a system of distinct hierarchic relations.
And if, in the course of the musical event, the guide changes, it only shows how certain qualities of the character safely guide others on their way to perfection, through their own domain, through their own familiar world of the fulfilment of desires just as a man guides a friend safely through his own world, which is familiar to himself but may be full of danger for the other.
© AAR EDITION INTERNATIONAL 1982