“I want to sing with my spirit and with my mind as well”
– 1 Corinthians, 14:15
OK, so Paul was writing about liturgy, not composition.* But the equilibrium he seeks is one for which I strive as a composer. I’ve sat through too many new pieces that favored one element and neglected the other. The sweet spot is going to vary for different pieces, different composers. But some kind of balance we must seek.
*) Of course, it is good advice about liturgy as well, and not always followed, in my experience.