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Just starting to read GEB ....
A canon (musical) is a theme which is played against itself.
Bach created very beautiful ones.
WUaS as an eternal golden braid which we all can weave?
GEB is a very beautiful idea book ...
Let's weave a lot of ideas together at WUaS, musically & playfully (at the Music School :)
Need to find a copy of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier v-a-v GEB
... I'll bet it's online (from before copyright) & will add, or find, at
... GEB was written while Hofstadter was at Stanford (parallel ethoses?) in the late 70s
Got that book as a teen, on the advice of my father. WAY over my head back then--I labored mightily to make it halfway through. But the trio of G, E and B practically demands that I take it off the shelf, dust it off, and try again. If you have any advice on the proper mind-set with which I should approach it, Scott, that'd be swell.
I'm captivated by the beginning
... and find it actually very accessible (and beautiful & logical)
... see if it engages you
... I learned piano from ages 6-12 so will see if I can add that line of code to my reading (it's 700 pages long) -
GEB starts with Bach
- but I'd like to teach harmony to my kids when they come along and GEB seems like a very beautiful way into this
... shall we compare notes here along the way, as another form of engaging? :)
Comparing notes feels right. As I'm away from my "library" for the next few months, I'll visit some Pittsburgh indie bookstores to locate a copy. While a few of my favorite booksellers from years past are gone now, I have come across a some new shops worthy of support. Which is nice to see in any city.
Here's the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach
- for free at the International Music Score Project accessible here at World Univ & Sch in Library Resources -
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2011/02/alaska-braids-eternal-golden-braid-at.html - February 10, 2011)