What is Music? On the Form and Performance of Beauty

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, May 13th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “What is Music? On the Form and Performance of Beauty” by Paul Tyson from Faith and Culture (Volume 48.2).

We will be meeting at Newman House (329 Gordon Street, Guelph, parking off of Dean Avenue) with a BBQ to follow.

The following is taken from the Introduction to the issue:
Paul Tyson, in “What is Music? On the Form and Performance of Beauty,” develops a Platonic metaphysics of music that recognizes that the beautiful ordering of sound bears meaning to a mind. What this means, Tyson holds, is that music, though irreducible to concepts and language, has the capacity to impart in sensory form a wisdom about the highest things, and hence to orient its listener toward contemplation of divine beauty. “Music expresses the high yearnings and the embodied limits of humanly grasped significance, as mentally seen and as creatively re-sung by human art.” Technical analysis, neuroscientific explanation, and aesthetic appreciation of music, though not without importance, are not themselves sufficient for grasping this deepest way, the recollection of God, in which music serves the end of culture.

It will be hybrid meeting. If you are joining us in person, please note that masks are required when not distancing.

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