This time of the year tends to be a time of excess.
The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.
This is a quote from Herbert Marcuse, a German philosopher. I rather like it, but I’ve never really been comfortable with the term “the people.” After all, the same affliction affects me too. This is a first person issue, other than the kitchen equipment: I’m with the Hitch, but there is a part of me that really likes stuff.
Here is my newly discovered antidote; two piano pieces. The first one, by Bach, I have known for some time. Here is James Rhodes’ version.
The other, I discovered via the serendipity that is the side bar in YouTube. I’d not heard of either Scriabin or Filjak til this evening.
A Nocturne by Scriabin, played by Martina Filjak.
Both pieces are just for the left hand. Sometimes less is more.
One thought on “On constraints. Marcuse, Bach and Scriabin.”
Check out “Konzert für die linke Hand” a book by Lea Singer on Paul Wittgenstein. Worth a read not only for fans of the left handed.Philipp