Music saturday: M.A. Numminen

The Witch’s blog with her Helsinki Complaints Choir and a certain Dave – who called me French existentialist – reminded me of my past wild days when I was only wearing black (not to forget my black hat ;), growing crazy about translating Jacques Derrida – and singing loudly and quite drunk to great Italian arias with all those mad philosophers @ the “Santo” in Vienna until early morning hours…

One of our friends was the Finnish philosopher and musician M.A. Numminen and his pianist Pedro Hietanen. Though professionally I’m taken as specialized on French post-structuralism, I’ve always been a good Austrian patriot (in philosophical aspects) loving only Ludwig Wittgenstein at the bottom of my heart…

So as my contribution to Kirsten’s 360 Song Saturday

I’d like to share with you one of the songs of M.A. Numminen’s Tractatus’ Suite

namely Ludwig Wittgenstein’s most famous sentence in his Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

“Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muß man schweigen.”

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”

“Sur ce dont on ne peut parler, il faut garder le silence. “

4 thoughts on “Music saturday: M.A. Numminen

  1. Wittgenstein is another guy I’ve always had a crush on, I can’t help it. A French existentialist? I guess the two words often appear together, like the expression “intellectuel de gauche”. Black clothes, singing loud and drunk, that reminds me of other places and another life. Most of my friends ( myself included) are still called “soixante-huitards”, although we were still attending Basic School in that fabulous month of May and I wasn’t even allowed to stay up after 9pm, let alone fly to Paris and join the barricades.

    Funny video clip too, have a wonderful weekend!


  2. great are absolutely’s own decision and rightly so…i love ravi shankar….vidayat khan..bismallah khan…from india…

    ps..i love your blog and that wonderful back ground picture


  3. You know, for me, those days of getting drunk and thinking about mad philosophers still happen (but not like in my youth). I’m usually by myself, moving consciously or unconsciously between my thoughts and the music I have playing in the room. Thank you for your comment. I loved it! In case your interested, in my next blog I begin to describe my philosophy of religion. Anchoring that philosophy is Sartre/De Beauvoir’s concept of the for-itself. Now that you mention it, though, in my philosophy there exists a place where, upon arrival, nothing more can be said.
    Take care and thanks again.


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