David Attenborough: Why music can move us to tears

David Attenborough: Why music can move us to tears


norman lebrecht

January 15, 2017

Two extraordinary reflections from the great natural historian:


  • John Borstlap says:

    Very true testimony. That JSB can ‘speak’ to us over an abyss of centuries, is also partly due to acculturation, but that is only the channel through which the music has been able to travel.

    No doubt, after a couple of centuries acute listeners will perfectly understand another message, of quite another kind:


    • Sue says:

      If, following this logic, music can speak to us what the devil is avant garde sonic art trying to convey? I’d really like to know.

      • John Borstlap says:

        In case there is still a musical world in the future, people will be shocked about the lack of understanding of the emergence of a new art form by its own makers, and about the naivety of its advocates. At least, that is to be hoped – if not so, that would mean there won’t be a musical world any longer and no longer a JSB.