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Die Kunst der Fuge › How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life
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Jungheinrich

aus: Die Fuge als Idee des Absoluten
Klaus-Heinz Jungheinrich, in:
Dmitri Schostakowitsch,
24 Präludien und Fugen op. 87 (1950/51)
Keith Jarrett, ECM 1991.
Die Einkehr bei Bach hat auch einen gewissen Fluchtcharakter.

Schostakowitsch versuchte, der leidigen „Geschichtlichkeit“ eines in seinen sozialistisch-realistischen Funktionen verkommenden Künstlers zu entfliehen in den hermetischen Kunst-Raum des Bachschen Kontrapunkts. Dieser bessere, freiere Traditionsraum ließ ihn für eine Weile die schmerzhafte Geschichtlichkeit eines freiwillig-unfreiwilligen Staatskomponisten vergessen. Ernst und Dringlichkeit bedeutender Kusntwerke resultieren zweifellos auch daraus, daß man ihnen die oftmals prekären Situationen, in denen sie entstanden sind, dauerhaft anmerkt.

from: The Fugue – Idea Of The Absolute

Klaus-Heinz Jungheinrich, translated by Maria Pelikan, in:
Dmitri Shostakovitch,
24 Preludes and Fugues op. 87 (1950/51)
Keith Jarrett, ECM 1991.
Turning to Bach was a kind of escape; an element of retreat cannot be denied.

Shostakovitch tried to escape the distressing historicity of the artist delinquent in his socialist-realist functions by espousing the hermetic artistic realm of Bach´s counterpoint where he could forget his painful rule of the voluntary/involuntary State composer. The seriousness and urgency of an important work of art is often due to the fact that it came into being under precarious conditions.
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from any musical or universal dictionary:
fuga (lat.) = Flucht = flight, escape, refuge.

Touring with Bach for a living

From Albania to Guadalajara, from a violist’s perspective. Brought to you by the wonderful signAndSight.com

the second half

…and here comes the continuation of our motto:

How small a thought it takes to fill a whole life. - If you want to go down deep, you do not need to travel far.

Schon der kleinste Gedanke genügt, um ein Leben zu erfüllen. - Wer die Tiefe ergründen will, hat es nicht weit.

Comme il suffit d´une petite pensée pour remplir toute une vie. - Si vous voulez descendre profondément, vous n´avez pas besoin de partir très loin.

Ludwig Wittgenstein in Culture and Value, 1946; originally in English.

Recommended: an impressive musical version with five voices, vibraphones and electric organs, composed by Steve Reich in 1996, after an idea by Paul Hillier.

 

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