Viva la estética / Long live aesthetics

Published in the supplement El País de las Tentaciones of the newspaper El País, November 8, 1996

Within a sociocultural environment that has mental laziness as its main ally, it is not surprising that young people who decide to dedicate themselves to contemporary musical creation only find, at first glance, inconveniences. But that, for them, should not constitute an obstacle, but rather a powerful stimulus from which they will soon learn that not obtaining economic benefits -who could make a living by composing contemporary music?-, which makes composition anything minus a trade, it is an inexhaustible source of aesthetic benefits. This absence of a crematistic sense, modus vivendi, of the activity allows it to be freed from material servitudes, and elevate it to a purely mystical category in which art loses its original practical sense to become, simply, a continuous playful occupation consisting of solving aesthetic problems. And one of them, characteristic of a good number of composers belonging to the younger generation, is what to do with their deep knowledge of the tradition, in which they are solidly trained and from which they not only do not flee, as did their immediate precursors, but to which they try to integrate in their new music, in an intelligent conception of the present as a balanced synthesis between past and future.