Width. I am often longing for width. Sometimes I go up a hill to have an overview, hiking in the mountains or to the sea. Then the horizon seems far away and the world bigger. It gives me a feeling of more space. More space around me and inside of me.
I found this width in the music of Bartok’s 1st suite. Have a listen to this wonderful music. Listen especially between minute 2:00 and 3:00 how Bartok is painting in large strokes of the brush:
Bartok: Suite No. 1 III. Presto, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard:
In the following poem Christian Morgenstern is describing width from another wonderful angle:
Das ist’s, was mich hier so entzückt:
Diese unbedingte Weite,
dieser Horizont in Tief’ und Breite
There is another piece of music which reminds me very much of width.
It is Sibelius’ Andante festivo. Have a listen how Sibelius paints a wide landscape, a deep horizon. This music is so full of hope and life-affirming. Let yourself sink into it:
Sibelius: Andante festivo, Oslo Philharmonic, Mariss Jansons: