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    Quote Originally Posted by SanAntone View Post
    John Cage was a composer who many see as a philosopher.
    Let me guess, Zen Buddhism? 4'33 is like the soundtrack to the concept of emptiness.

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    You know, "emptiness" is a pretty complex topic when it comes right down to it, so hey.


    e) this is wandering off topic but I dislike the whole zen/meditation/trance/etc cliches for minimalist music. Minimalism to me is just a musical philosophy that sustained atmosphere is as valid a mode of composition as is romantic-style musical drama. All the zen stuff is just exegetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scriiabin View Post
    i am already familiarized with scriabin and love his work dearly; however, i was wondering if there were any classical music philosophers or classical musicians who wrote on music (other than wagner). thanks !
    Boulez wrote some things that might interest you.

    Or maybe even Confucius, actually.
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scriiabin View Post
    i am already familiarized with scriabin and love his work dearly; however, i was wondering if there were any classical music philosophers or classical musicians who wrote on music (other than wagner). thanks !
    Aaron Copland was a very good writer on music. His Music and Imagination is taken from the Norton lectures he gave at Harvard in the early 1950s.

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