Welcome to the CCMF blog, Learn Globally, Listen Locally.
As your blog host, I look forward to sharing stories, opinions, facts, myths – whether significant or irrelevant – from and about the world of music past, present, and future – a world that you are a part of. The blog title, Learn Globally, Listen Locally, especially as it relates to the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, will become clear as more posts are added over time.
To attempt to define “the world of music” would be as impossible as trying to define music itself. But we might try to understand it indirectly by pointing and suggesting rather than attempting to nail it down with a definition. Here are three suggestions from names you will all recognize:
The first quote is from Thomas Carlyle’s series of lectures, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History, the second is from Confucius’ Analects. The third quote, the words of Beethoven, survive thanks to the correspondence, diary, and memoire of a young woman whom, accurately or not, I like to think of as history’s first “flower child,” Bettina von Arnim née Brentano. Her contemporaries called her Schwärmerin– dreamer, visionary, sentimentalist, zealot. She called herself Mignon, after the orphan girl in Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister. She had very close relationships with Beethoven, Goethe and other major players in the Romantic Age. If she were alive today, her Facebook page would read, “Family and Relationships: It’s complicated.” Part of her story will be told in a blog post coming soon.