Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Pondering Canonic Imitation

In William Falkner's novel The Sound and the Fury, the same events are presented from the perspectives of four different individuals - individuals from different circumstances, generations, social status, gender, and mental capacity. In a painting by Wassily Kandisky, the same subject is representented in different dimensions, colors and placement, as well as in entirety or in part. In a Bach fugue, the same subject is rendered in two or more voices, at multiple pitches, inverted, reversed, expanded, contracted, etc... In each instance there is a sense of simultaneity and seperateness. In each instance there is a sense of wheels within wheels, a feeling of cyclicle recapitulation infused with variation. I love it.

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