A breeding ground for emotions and revolution

Frail. Seducing. Powerful. Dangerous. © Charles Thibo
Frail. Seducing. Powerful. Dangerous. © Charles Thibo

“Music alone is dangerous… There is something worrisome about music, gentlemen! I am not going too far when I declare her politically suspicious.” Those are the words of Dr. Settembrini in Thomas Mann’s great novel “Magic Mountain”. And he is right: Music is to seduce us, it wants us to get lost, to lose ourselves, to dream, to fantasize… a breeding ground for all kind of ideas beyond the politically correct and the socially acceptable. Music infiltrates society with emotions that escape any kind of control. And these emotions can explode quite unexpectedly when they reach a critical mass. Listen to music, and revolution is at hand! Especially when that music has been written by Romantic composers like Franz Schubert.

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