The Missing Sense - Achashverosh & Music
Me'am Loez, Esther 1:6:
Achashverosh made a banquet that gave pleasure to four of the five senses. The sense of taste was stimulated by the food and drink. The sense of sight was delighted with the beautiful hangings and decorations. The sense of smell was satisfied by the perfume of the garden's blossoms. The sense of touch was gratified by the fine couches provided for each guest.
The only sense that was not provided for was the sense of hearing. Although the king had the finest musicians, he did not provide music at his banquet. People have different tastes in music, and it is impossible for those who do not enjoy it to shut it out.
Furthermore, music can bring a person to a very high spiritual state. Sometimes it can bring a person to a level where the soul almost departs from his body, and he enters into a lofty mystical realm. Since Achashverosh prepared the banquet especially to make the Jews transgress the Torah, such spiritual edification was the last thing he desired.