Goethe once said that architecture is like music frozen in time.
Music, then, is like flowing architecture with columns and ornaments and arches whizzing by our ears.
Looking at a piece as a bustling cityscape or provincial town puts musicians in the role of the builder. One can really chisel away at the details, looking at a phrase like a column.
This metaphor not only touches upon the fine details but the idea of looking at the bigger picture. While one column can be great, if the whole building is not cohesive then it can be a disaster. No material is wasted in great architecture. Every part of the building adds to the big picture, the immortal story that the building tells.
Musicians aren’t just musicians. They are architects too. Perhaps studying great architecture can inspire us just as much as a symphony.