Music – of beauty and solace, or a hammer?


What’s the function of music and art? “Of beauty and solace” was the title of a Dutch TV series some years ago. At that time I thought that there would be no better definition of the function of art. In every episode the presenter had a musicians, writers, scientists, philosophers or similar as guest and asked questions like what makes life worthwhile.

“Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it” is a quote of German author Berthold Brecht. That’s a different definition.

Or is it a combination of both? “Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.” That’s how Banksy sees it.

What’s our purpose with your music? Do you want to offer beauty and solace or present a hammer to reshape the world, or both?

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