Clement Jewitt - Touching the Deep

Touching the Deep


String Quartet

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In July 2013 I dreamed some truly angelically beautiful music!  On waking I said to myself "How am I going to manifest that!"— I may possibly have got close here and there . . . 
It picks up its ethos from the early 17thC attitude indicated by the word ´melancholia´.  This should not be interpreted in the modern sense of pathological sadness, an unwanted state of being requiring instant therapy.  What was meant then was rather a deep feeling state that engaged meaningfully with the world as found.  John Dowland, perhaps the greatest singer-songwriter who ever lived, is the epitome of those times. 
Earlier Albrect Dürer depicted the state in the engraving Melencolia 1 as an awaiting of inspiration.  Later, the German Sturm und Drang movement took up the attitude, typified by Goethe´s The Sorrows of Young Werther.  And naturally the outlook was integral to the Romantic Movement, with such exemplars as Keat´s Ode to Melancholy.  Part of the human condition, this psycho-cultural attitude appeared also elsewhere, and elsewhen.