Question Nr. 20

Every aesthetic musician knows his purpose is to communicate his feelings to his listener. But he may not have realized that his role is first communicated in his very choice of music to perform. The ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes in his play Thesmophoriazusae, perfectly understood this fact.

“Answer me. But you keep silent. Oh! just as you choose; your songs display your character quite sufficiently.”

How are we to classify a modern band director who thinks himself an aesthetic artist, but programs mostly from the perspective of pleasing his students and the audience?

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