AJ Logo an ARTSJOURNAL weblog | ArtsJournal Home | AJ Blog Central

« Surprise, surprise! | Main | Lookback: some thoughts on the answering machine »

April 8, 2014

Almanac: Kierkegaard on music

"Music exists only in the moment of its performance, for if one were ever so skillful in reading notes and had ever so lively an imagination, it cannot be denied that it is only in an unreal sense that music exists when it is read. It really exists only being performed. This might seem to be an imperfection in this art as compared with the others whose productions remain, because they have their existence in the sensuous. Yet this is not so. It is rather a proof of the fact that music is a higher, or more spiritual art."

Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

Posted April 8, 2014 10:00 AM

Tell A Friend

Email this entry to:


Your email address:


Message (optional):