Monthly Archives: February 2019

Revival?

Given the state of contemporary culture, the idea of a revival of classical, tonal music may seem to be a rather cavalier idea, and without much perspective of succeeding. But often it is exactly the dissatisfaction with the times which inspires the search for a better alternative:

Someone then might say: “What is all this, my friend? Have you determined to revive a custom that is beset with inherent difficulty and has long since fallen into desuetude? And this in the face of a hostile and recalcitrant fortune? Whence do you draw such confidence that you would decorate the Roman Capitol with new and unaccustomed laurels? Do you not see what a task you have undertaken in attempting to attain the lonely steeps of Parnassus and the inaccessible grove of the Muses?” Yes, I do see, oh my dear sirs; I do indeed see this, oh Roman citizens. “Sed me Parnasi deserta per ardua dulcis raptat amor,” as I said at the outset. For the intensity of my longing is so great that it seems to me sufficient to enable me to overcome all the difficulties that are involved in my present task.

Words by the brilliant Italian poet Francesco Petrarca (1304 – 1374), one of the earliest humanists.