Any SWReaders interested in classical music, music theory, or I guess what you’d call performance theory might be interested in Jeremy Denk’s blog, Think Denk. Denk is a concert pianist and a great writer about the intracicies of what is going on, emotion-wise, in the technical side of classical music. From a recent post about the extent to which music evokes states of desire and surprise:
Will is not either free or not. The Krispie Method shows that I might succumb to desire with various amounts of will, and posits a kind of will-free extreme, where the Treat appears out of nowhere, is not willed and yet is extremely desired: probably impossible, probably heaven. Music has a way of evoking these various states of will.
Thanks to Heather for pointing me in Denk’s direction.