The line and the harmony

Phrases have their own topography—they move forward with the line but also remain wedded to the ground with each change of harmony, and this is where the battle lies, why each piece of music grapples with its own destructive potential, why beauty is never what it appears to be.

— Simon Tedeschi

S. Tedeschi, Fugitive, Perth, Upswell Publications, 2022.

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