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Since music is a language with some meaning at least for the immense majority of mankind, although only a tiny minority of people are capable of formulating a meaning in it, and since it is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being at once intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man, a mystery that all the various disciplines come up against and which holds the key to their progress.

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Claude Lévi-Strauss

French cultural anthropologist who promoted structural analysis of social systems (born in 1908)

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    puisque la musique est une langue qui a un sens au moins pour l'immense majorité de l'humanité, bien que seule une infime minorité de personnes soit capable d'en formuler un sens, et puisque c'est la seule langue avec les attributs contradictoires d'être à la fois intelligible et intraduisible, le créateur musical est un être comparable aux dieux, et la musique elle-même le mystère suprême de la science de l'homme, un mystère auquel se heurtent toutes les disciplines et qui détient la clé de leur progrès.

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