From Chopin to Pink Floyd: Music helps the universe continue

Musicologist Marcus Zagorski has experienced many different cultures in his lifetime, but his love affair for music has never changed.

Marcus ZagorskiMarcus Zagorski (Source: Courtesy of Marcus Zagorski)

Dr. Marcus Zagorski is a musicologist, composer and professor at Comenius University in Bratislava. He studied musicology at Stanford University and composition at McGill University.

What does music mean to you?

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Marcus Zagorski (MZ): Music has many different definitions. For example, Edgard Varèse, a French-American composer of the 20th century, said simply that “music is organised sound”.

For me music is also part of something basic to life on Earth and, therefore, the universe. Because life on Earth is one part of the universe, and music is one part of life on Earth, music is therefore one part of the universe. It continues the process of creation - that is, it continues the universe.

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