304 • Surfers of music

Surfers on the ocean: the forces of gravity holding the board in place - like Rhythm giving shape to form; the condensing and releasing movement of the waves - like Harmonic cadence giving shape to phrase; the raising and cresting of the waves at point break - like dynamics giving shape to Melody. Those are the physical laws a surfer encounters, these laws are universal.

Composers create the ocean of music according to (or against) fundamental principles (rhythm, harmony, melody) and then surf it in their individual manner. These fundamental musical principles, though man made, resemble universal laws and (in the best of cases) appeal to the archetypes of man.

Performers must grasp and recreate these principles and follow the trails of composers into the fray.


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