In trying to grasp the vastness of music or a composition, we often never notice
the little nuiances that composers put into thier music. Or it could also be
interpreted as meaning that so few "ideal notes" are being used that we are
missing a great deal of them. Either way, we miss a great deal sometime in music
that we simply cannot comprehend.
Mar 6 2000, Monday 8:28 CST
Actually, I think it has nothing to do with the notes
themselves. "Ideal notes" is not referring to some
specific notes--all twelve notes are equal. It is just
how they are arranged and how they are accompanied with
other notes to make harmony. Those are the ideal notes--
the ones that you can feel in your heart and the ones
which send chills up your spine.
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 9:24 CST
I think the poet means that the "ideal notes" are always what we want for it to
sound like, what sounds right to our ear, and what is usually heard. He's saying
it's sad, because there's so much more out there that we don't try and experiment
with. And by just doing the expected, we bypass so many interesting sounds by
doing so. I think he's so right because there's so many times when you get sick
of hearing the same things over and over, in yet knowing there's so many other
combinations and sounds you could be hearing is incredible.
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 5:08 CST
I think the poet is referring to all the notes that have never been sung. Notes
that are there but have never been discovered. Notes that are just "waiting to
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 5:27 CST
I think what the poet is saying is that there are an infinite number of notes and
pitches, suspended in time, waitng to fit into the "ideal notes" we have set
aside as beautiful and mathematically understandable to our senses. Not every
note can be heard, however, or even imagined, due to the limits we put on music.
Music is not just mathematical; it holds its own realm of sound, heard and
unheard, and does not actually have to exist to be. We can hear music without
hearing pitch, which is why not all notes must be "ideal".
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 6:25 CST
Because none of us can really appreciate the full music the first time we hear
it. Yes it is beautiful and yes we hear it, but we can't appreciate everything
that the composer has put together for the piece. That's what I think he is
trying to say.
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 7:05 CST
This song is very confusing to me. It is incredibly bizarre and in all honesty, I
don't particularly enjoy it. However, I think the lyrics are saying something to
the effect that there are thousands of combinations of notes, so music will go on
forever. The ideal notes are those notes that have not been recorded. (Maybe)
Mar 5 2000, Sunday 8:46 CST
reflections here, per the directions in the syllabus: