The role of music (3)

Having respect for the world above and showing selfless love are the two fundamental conditions needed to allow the human world to become the receptacle of an inspiration emanating from the spirits of light, an inspiration that we can qualify as Divine. The great musicians and composers of the past all fulfilled this dual condition and none was driven by the lure of gain or profit, nor devoid of religious aspiration and a deep moral sense.

This situation started to change at the start of the 20th century and got worse after the Second World War. Suddenly the field of music became a source of financial profit supported by the expansion of the technique, the industry of the disc and the electro technical devices which made it possible to fill rooms with 500 or 1000 spectators, or even more. In addition, music could draw crowds at once as, with industrial development, more people had money to spend on hobbies and entertainment. All these factors have gradually drawn the world of music into a growing process of commercialization and this to the detriment of genuine artistic values including all form of truly pure and elevated inspiration.

This does not mean that, after the Second World War, there was no longer beautiful music, because there has always been and there will always be high-principled composers. But in general, it can be said that the sources of inspiration that was drawn by the great composers of the past, such as Mozart, Bach or Beethoven, were no longer as easy, if not at all, attainable for contemporary composers. This means that art was drowned in money and, with a few exceptions; this is still the case today. However, from a certain point of view, art and money are enemies; we can even say that they are incompatible. Where money and the desire for material wealth appears, the purity of art diminishes or disappears. In this sense, heaven and earth are separated.

This means that the role of music has also changed: beautiful music, in the artistic sense of the term, has been replaced by commercially profitable music, which can be disseminated on a large scale; it is not the same thing. It is different because commerce relies on criteria other than art. Where is the difference? True art is based on aesthetic principles, on harmony and beauty. However, to be sensitive to these criteria you must have a certain degree of elevation, maturity. Without wanting to be elitist, one can say that in general, the masses do not demand the same criteria as the minority of people who aspire to a higher social level in matters of aesthetics; their tastes are not the same. Because who says “commercial” says “the greatest number” and therefore speaks of less aesthetically sophisticated products.