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{9} ENERGY: THE UNIVERSAL REMEDY

May 9, 2017

{9} ENERGY: THE UNIVERSAL REMEDY

With sufficient ‘energy’ any technical or musical difficulty can be successfully overcome.  This includes any difficulty that can be described in terms of time (for instance speed), or motion in space.

The issue is how to suddenly generate the required amount of energy.   It can seem unfair when two consecutive measures of a piece sound quite similar, but the second one requires a much greater outlay of energy than the first.  Without that extra energy a listener will notice only that the two measures did not flow equally.  Only with the sudden increase will the listener approve in the negative sense of not noticing anything untoward.

‘Springs’, which we have talked about already (see entry #7), offer us one of the ways of suddenly generating a great amount of energy.  The force of a spring unwinding if compressed, or contracting if it is stretched, can be as small or large as one wishes.

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