Music, logic and pleasure

Pleasure is not governed by the dictates of logic. Even though logic is required to structure the pleasure, it isn’t the reason for it. To enjoy a hammock it needs to be hung properly between two objects, otherwise the pleasure dissipates. Where the two objects are located defines the kind of the pleasure e.g. if the backdrop is an island, the sea and coconut trees, the pleasure could be one of a holiday, if the backdrop is a shady afternoon garden, the pleasure could be one of repose and family, if the setting is the harsh cliff next to a choppy sea, the pleasure could be a thrill or possibly there may be no pleasure.
In music, a similar idea happens. The form, the cyclical rhythms, idea repetition are all elements of the structure and provide sustenance to the pleasure. The pleasure itself is in the music. With great pieces and performances pleasure is available on the surface and in depth. Theorists often have much to tell students about forms and structural elements but are unable to tell them what makes a piece pleasurable.
The reason is that pleasure is a biological and cultural construct and it is not an element that exists solely in the music separate from the culture and personal history. Good is experienced and imbibed in social and interpersonal contexts by the growing person.
If anyone can tell us about pleasure, it is the artist, for the artist seeks to create it. But only the artist that would have had to consciously grasp it, and recreate it.

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