So, in a conversation with other members of the bass section of the Richmond Philharmonic about what to call ourselves, I suggested “The Bottom Dwellers.” One of my colleagues then hit me with this quote, and I had to share it with the world:
‘I recognize in the deepest tones of harmony, in the ground-bass, the lowest grades of the will’s objectification, inorganic nature, the mass of the planet. For us the ground bass is in harmony what inorganic nature, the crudest mass on which everything rests and from which everything originates and develops, is in the world….” – Schopenhauer
There are so many levels on which that is just unspeakably bitchin, that I just can’t begin to conceptualize a response. it’s just so 19-th Century…
I. Love. It.