Sir James MacMillan: The Symphony, A Moral Vision Revealed in Music
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Revolution has been the slogan and banner for generations of creative idealists. But they seem more concerned with a love of transgression than of life.
Counterpoint in music is like rhyme in poetry: it holds disparate things together in a unity, and at the same time it shows that unity is not simple but composed.