"Even the most, 'emotive' view of music has to 'be' emotive 'about something distinct', which necessarily involves having a 'theory' about it, for better or worse, in awareness or unawareness, and that a 'musical' something distinct can be cognitively understood as an "emotional experience" only insofar as it is first cognitively understood as a human-communicative manifestation, as an "instance of thought".
There is no capital more useful than intellect and wisdom, and there is no indigence more injurious than ignorance and unawareness. Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 198
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