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The Inner Breath of Music

The Essence of the Musical Performance

By its nature the inner breath is the essence of music. The inner breath enters the mind and enlivens it from within. Thereby the mind gains universality – an infinitely manifold form.

The Process of Combining all Musical Parameters

The subtle vibrating of the inner breath within the mind brings about the connection of all the musical parameters, and this perfect coordination results in the natural integration of the musical creation.

The Seat of the Inner Breath of Music

The breath that enters the mind from within must not be mistaken for our outer breath – just as the thought of a house is not identical with its physical structure.

Our inner breath underlies our thinking, and from the depth of our mind it causes the movement of the mind’s surface; it causes its wave structure.

The Uncreative Method of Creating Music

Let’s imagine the smooth surface of the water of a lake being stirred from outside, by the wind, to move in waves. On the mental level this corresponds to an external stimulation: through the senses of perception or through memory – which may also result in some sort of composition.

The Realization of the Enlivened Musical Creation

The true creative mental stimulation through the inner breath is a completely different process. Originating from beyond inhalation and exhalation, and being the basis of both, the inner breath creates from within itself an infinitely subtle universal vibration through the process of self-realization. This subtle vibration permeates the substance of our mind and stimulates it to assume a form; thus – on the basis of the natural inner breath, from the inner freedom of self-realization – the live musical creation arises in the mind of the musical artist.

The Characteristics of the Soul in Music

With the inner breath the most comprehensive height of humanity, that is, the characteristics of the soul, is carried into music; and through the inner breath music, in its essence, is sustained in the musical event. The inner breath is the most refined tool for creating music and is the primary matter of music itself.

In the fullest sense of the word, the inner breath is the soul of the musical creation and is the deepest place to where the music lover can mentally reach. Only here can the listener succeed in truly uniting with the truth expressed in music.

The Process of the Music Listener’s Identification with the Composer

And here the listener experiences himself as identical with the musical creator himself. Here the listener perceives himself as the musical creator of all compositions – as the creator of all music.

On this level of his inner breath, the cognizing listener experiences the supreme, musical creative feeling of power and thus experiences the ultimate happiness of the realm of music.

The Original Material of the Art of Sound

He who experiences the material of the mind as a substance as clearly as he perceives the water-material of a wave splashing around him, is not yet perceiving the lively substance of that inner breath which causes the creative, free mental wave function from within, and which, at the same time, remains as if hidden.

The Means to Perceive the Inner Breath

The means to perceive this inner breath lies in the complete integration of the threefold structure of the intellect with the self-consciousness; and this is a gift of the inner breath to the self-consciousness.