Faith in melody

The Hungarian-born Austrian composer Iván Eröd has said:

When I write music I mean for it to be listened to and comprehended. I must therefore use a language that is likely to be understood by a large number of people.

I profess my faith in melody, in form and in creating an effect….

Absolute originality of language is the enemy of communication. Language has to do with convention, agreement; so does musical language.

Think about that. “Absolute originality of language is the enemy of communication.” If it’s entirely original, there’s no point of understanding. Nothing of the communication can be received.

In time, of course, we can learn to understand things that were once original. What once shocked can eventually communicate, even eloquently.

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