Friday, February 18, 2005
Very interesting. Tolkein was said not to listen to anything composed after the 16th or 17th century. The cool music of the Classical Period (like Mozart, Bach) was less designed to stir emotions than the romantic music of Beethoven, which was all about feelings. G. Gordon Liddy says he won't listen to anything other than martial music like John Philip Sousa and the band ABBA (if you can believe that) because so much of modern music has a negative effect on his psyche.
John Derbyshire of NRO (an Anglican) is reading a book describing the unbelieveable excellence of the 13th century. In everything, art, architecture, religion. It seems like Christendom peaked there and then the Black Plague came and, well, look out below.
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