[This excerpt is from the Preface to the Schiller Institute's
Manual on the Rudiments of Tuning and Registration.
To read the full Preface, click here.]
Classical Aesthetics is centered around strict definitions of what ought to be intended by use of the terms 'natural beauty' and 'artistic beauty.'
By natural beauty, we mean the principles of beautiful forms as they occur in nature. In music, this includes the well-tempered system of polyphony, which has been discovered by man, but which was created entirely by nature, not the artificial whims of musicians. We include as natural beauty the potentialities of the bel canto singing voice.
By artistic beauty, we mean an artistic composition which never violates the principles of natural beauty, but which adds a new dimension of beauty, produced by the creative mental powers of the individual mind of man.
- Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr., The Classical Idea: Natural and Artistic Beauty