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Oh, Music!

[ by Charles Cameron — music as endangered yet transcendent species ]
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The abuse:


http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article160037809.html

The use:

or for that matter:

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There’s no doubt but that Arvo Pärt‘s Miserere fully comprehends the dark, dismaying aspects of contemporary life, hence the inclusion of fragments of the Dies Irae, but it comprehends the darkness in a manner that in calling for mercy transcends it, recalling the Music of the Ainur in Tolkien‘s Silmarillion — and the Prologue to John’s Gospel, offering the natural obverse to John 1.5: “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”

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