Note that date—this appeared in the very same month and year as that Musician article.
Who exactly first uttered it remains unclear. The notion of it being a slight is a matter of perception. Writing about music has a serious built-in problem, which is that the only thing worth doing is also nearly impossible: Walker, a friend since my New Orleans days, dissects that above sentence thusly: Okay, this is the problem.
So I reject the restrictions that the above definition implies. The term is useful in various ways, in particular by making clear a long history for cross-medium interaction if not downright cross-pollination, and especially for a literary tradition.
It also brings to mind another Greek term essential to the consideration of borders between mediums: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry derived his stricture that the arts, like the muses from which they borrowed their names, are distinct from each other.
As does my interest in comics. But mostly, the sheer Greek-ness of ekphrasis reminds us of that modern mythological figure: Iannis Xenakis, the Greek genius who was equally accomplished in music and architecture.
The clear parallels — geometric, aesthetic, philosophical — between his work in both fields evidence the extent to which ideas move back and forth between them. Now, back to the Telegraph story by pianist Jonathan Bliss that Walker quoted above. It occurs in a sentence that happens to immediately follow the one Walker quotes.
It goes like this: To write about a work of music can be a parallel matter of pursuing those ideas. One might not, as a result, express the ideas in abstract terms, but like Xenakis on his way up the proverbial ladder I have depicted, the ideas remain the goal — arguably a willfully elusive goal — in both situations.So maybe writing about music IS like dancing about architecture in that is is one worthwhile and valid human art form being used to examine and reveal facets of another human art form that is (only) as valid.
Writing about Art is like Dancing about Architecture Mindjet April 1, I love the quote "Writing about Art is like Dancing about Architecture" – not sure who to attribute it to though – Google suggests too many different options – but it’s so true.
Writing about Art is like Dancing about Architecture.
Mindjet April 1, I love the quote "Writing about Art is like Dancing about Architecture" – not sure who to attribute it to though – Google suggests too many different options – but it’s so true. Another way of saying this of course is "A picture is worth a thousand words".
The problem with “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” is that it roots music criticism in either music or writing, when music writing is . Architecture is an art because it contains shapes and sizes that make the buildings look like a piece of art.
Buildings with arches and columns tend to be very beautiful. Architecture can be very beautiful, but sometimes it isn't. Frank Zappa — ‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.’.