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On Music by Theodore Gracyk

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The Siren Voice of Transcendence Four

The art of music is sublime because, not having the means to imitate what is real, it ascends beyond common nature into a world that is ideal, and with its celestial harmony it has the power to move earthly passions.

(Gioachino Rossini)

The greatness of German music appeals to the sublimity of spiritual forms.

(Jacques Derrida)

Musical encounters can be life-defining events. Bound for Mexico and a reunion with her husband and children, Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter was headed for the airport when she detoured to the apartment of a friend, jazz pianist Teddy Wilson. In the course of their conversation, Wilson mentioned a relatively obscure jazz pianist, Thelonious Monk. She’d never heard the name. ...

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