sky garden…


 

If it were only this easy.

Lesson / Koan : Sound directions are heard by all.

BTW,

Utopia as a place…location, city, society, etc. have been discussed & suggested repeatedly.  But what about the connection between utopia & music?

Into the Open.

For so many, a dream of what the physical nature of what a utopia could be is the reoccurring fantasy.  For how many has music always represented the place of utopia to get lost in fantasy?  In the space of the lost, are dreams cultivated & discovered effortlessly?  The users & audience receive the gifts of music long after the concert has ended in a place beyond enclosure.  The composers of music open an expansive area of question by acting as designers of sound structures.  What would composers, musicians, and performers describe as their utopian inspiration or dream in comparison to traditional builders of physical structures.  A bit of insight comes from Beethoven and the festival named after him.

The motto of the Beethovenfest Bonn 2010 is

»Into the Open – Utopia and Freedom in Music.

“Come! Into the open, Friend!” is the opening line of Friedrich Hoelderlin’s poem Der Gang aufs Land (The Walk in the Country / The Path by Land (1800)). Written around 1800, it’s an invitation to a place somewhere in the future where conventions are overcome and boundaries tested: an ethos and a zeitgeist indicative of Beethoven’s time and the dawn of the 19th century, when social upheaval went hand in hand with dreams of utopia.

NOTE :

The poet Rainer Maria Rilke was greatly influenced by Friedrich Hoelderlin’s work.  The poem below reflects the theme of a present day music festival for his contemporary Beethoven, and why Hoelderlin’s usage of language is indelible.

‘When I was a boy’ ( 1798 )

When I was a boy
A god often rescued me
From the shouts and the rods of men
And I played among trees and flowers
Secure in their kindness
And the breezes of heaven
Were playing there too.

And as you delight
The hearts of plants
When they stretch towards you
With little strength

So you delighted the heart in me
Father Helios, and like Endymion
I was your favourite,
Moon. 0 all

You friendly
And faithful gods
I wish you could know
How my soul has loved you.

Even though when I called to you then
It was not yet with names, and you
Never named me as people do
As though they knew one another

I knew you better
Than I have ever known them.
I understood the stillness above the sky
But never the words of men.

Trees were my teachers
Melodious trees
And I learned to love
Among flowers.

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