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  1. Craig M. 19 January 2015 at 11:41 pm | | Reply

    Fascinating comparison, James. I’ve never listened to the Quartet, but the idea of splitting it up like a novel might make it more feasible. (Come to think of it, that’s how I finally listened to “Einstein on the Beach.”)

    I love the analogy between experiencing a novel and experiencing the Quartet. I understand what you’re saying about cohesion of thought, listening to the piece straight through. But then again — I never read a novel in a day, even if I have the time. I prefer to carry the book with me (figuratively) for days or weeks on end, making it a part of my life for a span. Makes me feel like I’ve experienced the novel more fully.

    It never occurred to me that the same might be true of music. In fact, I’d always assumed music would be the opposite case: better experienced all at once. Now I’ve got an alternative to consider. Thanks.

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