This piece by Juan Ortega Aragón really got me thinking about titles. The music is very beautiful, but the title, in a medical setting, refers to something not beautiful at all! But this doesn’t, at least for me, detract in the least from the beauty of the music. So what really is in a name? How much influence can or does a title have over the experience of a piece of music?
In a somewhat related note (no pun intended!), I’m a big fan of Richard Wagner’s music. Some folks tell me he wasn’t a particularly nice person… never met him, haven’t studied the bio, can’t say! But what I do question is the influence biographical information has or can have on the experience of a piece of music. Should it have any if the music itself is not directly aligned one way or another with any thought or belief system? And can a composer completely separate his or her music from his or her deepest feelings and beliefs?
But back to Juan’s stunning little piece for violin and piano, would it be as beautiful by any other name? I think it would be regardless of the title!