The Art of the Question  


Do Bak’s musicians frozen in a world of disrepair—suggesting a performance but not actually playing—raise the question of whether or not art has been trumped by the atrocities of the Shoah, or whether hearing the music we once knew, or any music at all, is simply too much of an indulgence given what we have we have seen?

Has the time for music-making ended?

—Charles Rix, “The End of Time: Bak’s Art, Messiaen’s Music, and Levinas’s Ethics”

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