There is an amazing remark in relation to just ornamental turns in classical and romantic compositions such as by Schumann, Brahms, Wagner, and Richard Strauss: "these basically conventional ornaments manage somehow to communicate a speechless, contentless eloquence I find very difficult to explain" (Musical Elaborations 86).
Thus themes undergo development, there is a calculated alternation of dominant and tonic keys, and a clangorous affirmation of the composer's authority over his material is achieved (Musical Elaborations 100).
As to the latter music, it is the aesthetics and music of Olivier Messiaen which Said views as a symbol of the alternative (Musical Elaborations 99).
To him, music is not at all separate from political and social processes, even though a degree of separateness has been taken for granted for at least a century through the concept of 'absolute' music (Musical Elaborations xii).
Both aspects of music, the private and the public, are combined in Said's reflection upon Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu: "Music is of fundamental interest therefore because it represents the rarity, uniqueness, and absolute individuality of art [in terms of work, artist, performance, auditor/reader/spectator], as well as its intermittent, fragmentary, highly conditional, and circumstantial existence" (Musical Elaborations 75).
Although this method underwent significant elaboration as postconciliar reforms took hold in Latin America, it remained the basic pastoral-pedagogical building block in the church's rapprochement with the secular world.
The privileging of history and of everyday life in the see-judge-act method opened the way for further elaboration at the theological and pastoral levels.
Although ultimately the Puebla documents affirmed most of Medellin's principles, the meeting initiated the process of reflection and reconsideration that led to the elaboration of the nueva evangelizacion in the late 1980s and 1990s.
The fecundity with which he envisioned startling, sensual arabesques and his capacity for transforming lowly, ugly material into pyrotechnic spectacles invested even his most fragmented films and plays with a promise of exquisite elaboration
Conversely, the latter qualities seem to exist in modern, more self-conscious elaborations
of the basic type.
Together these tropes model a historical approach that corrects essentialist tendencies in French feminist elaborations
of woman and a theoretical approach that counters the new historicist (re)marginalization of women.
Should the Spiral Jetty someday disappear forever, what would take its place beneath its title would be no less powerful: an entire network of signs, visible or not--a text, a film, photographs, drawings, and numerous subjective elaborations
, including those of the author of this article, who has never been to Utah yet would say, without hesitation, that Spiral Jetty is among his favorite works of art.