The problem of time seen through the example of music. Music is returning time. The taut springs of time. Time coursing through certain creative personalities, and so personal time. The time of Beethoven, the time of Brahms, Chopin’s time, Mozart’s time.
These individual times, so varied in their movement, their temperaments, their energies—are subject just the same to the general laws of time. There are always two inclines leading into the present: the past and the future. For all that, though, music taken as a whole holds hints of eternity, of permanence.
The raw material of music is time.
Time is the raw material of our lives, too, although each of us molds something different from it.
Time as a gift, as something given to us—to use, to fulfill, as one fills a glass of wine. It’s given like the coin in the Gospel parable, to be multiplied. And how could time be multiplied except through eternity and outside eternity.
When I listen to music, I feel how time passes, I hear it passing. Time is intensified, revitalized, recharged.
--from 'Industrious Amazement: A Notebook'; Anna Kamienska