Why Bach Was (Is) A Genius

The circular relationship between individual and group.

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If you listen to Argerich’s rendition of Bach’s Partita №2 in C Minor you are experiencing (an ‘individual’ example of) the circular relationship between an individual and a group.

Which is what music is all about.

Individual and Group (Any Discipline)

Music, by any composer, by any performer, using any instrument, in any ‘period,’ in any ‘time,’ in any ‘key,’ always, articulates the circular relationship between an individual and a group.

Thus, to Nature, all music looks like this:

Individual and Group

If you study music history, you will notice there is a continual conventional ‘sequencing,’ where ancient forms of music use less complex combinations of performer, instrument, time, and key.

Modern (classical) music, for example, is far more ‘dissonant’ than classical music of the Baroque period, using complex combinations of tones and notes and intervals, that, often, don’t even seem related (take Ives, for example, compared, especially, to Bach).

Bach was (is) a genius at using one composition to articulate the redundancy present in any musical theme. That is, you can hear a ‘theme’ in the Partita as it is articulated in many (an unbelievable number, actually, of) ways. Some simple. Some complex. You can hear one instrument, or two. Or, three, four, five. Depending on your point of view (your skill at listening). One theme. Many themes. (An unlimited number of themes, all stemming from the same ‘theme,’ actually.)

Diameter and Circumference of an Uber-Simple (Always Present) Circle

The melody (and the composition) moves, always, in a line, which is, again, always, the diameter (and circumference) of a circle. That is the composition has a beginning, and an end, where beginning and end of any ‘composition’ is always articulated by the circular relationship between a circumference and a diameter (circle and line).

Beginning and End

The ‘theme’ is repeated over and over again. Meaning X and Y is X and X (something different begins (and ends) with something the same).

Different and Same (X and Y) (X and X)

Proving Nature uses ‘redundancy’ (and ambiguity) to confuse us. And, to protect its ‘self.’

The musical composition, coupled with its performance, proves, also, there is no ‘future’ and, also, then, no ‘past.’ No present, either. Again, this is because time, itself (future and past), is joined, and separated, by, an uber-simple circle. (We, literally, resurrect Bach by performing him, today.) Proving ‘pi’ is the only ‘observer’ (performer) (composer). (Pi is the technical name for both Argerich and Bach.)

Past-Present-Future (Pi-Diameter-Circumference)

Conservation of the Circle

Conservation of the circle is the core, and, therefore, the only, dynamic in Nature. Explaining why sound is an infinite circle (and light is an infinite line). Where both circle and line (sound and light) can only be articulated by the diagram(s) above. (The diagram is constant. Everything else: variable.) Explaining why Bach was (and is) a genius, and, on some level, you, totally, get this…so, so are you!




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