December 5, 2012

No Artifice, Part Four

Posted in music and writing tagged at 3:26 pm by Rebecca Hein

Artifice is the structure in a musical composition or novel that helps prop it up and give it internal unity. Probably it’s necessary to preserve this coherence, yet if the elements of a work of art become too numerous or complicated, the audience is confused.

The advantage of no artifice is that simplicity is preserved. The reader doesn’t have to wonder what you’re driving at because it’s absolutely clear. And it’s glorious to write a piece so transparent that anyone can grasp it.


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