grave concern



I'd like to know the meaning of this phrase:

"Hegel has cautiously stated something that is a matter of grave concern to the life of music."

The punctuation is dreadful in this book and i don't know if the "grave concern" (?) or the "matter of grave" (matter of sth very serious) goes together. The latter seems to be more likely to me, however than the word "concern" should than be "concerning", shouldn't it?

  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    "A matter of grave concern" is a stock phrase. I think it might have been used by Secretary of State Clinton about the pirate incident in Somalia this week. "A matter of grave" doesn't make much sense in English; it would have to be "a matter of graves" if you were talking about burial plots.
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