An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music by Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)

By Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)

Writing approximately music-about what it's and what it means-is such as describing the act of affection. in some way, the aid of the adventure to an unblushingly targeted exposition of ways, the place, whilst, and why who does what to whom, from prelude to resolu­ tion, loses every little thing within the translation. the opposite severe, the single in which the author, in desperation, inns to metaphor (with or with out good thing about meter and rhyme), traditionally ends up in im­ agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, vague, pretentious, and usually insufferably romantic. to accomplish strong and actual writing approximately track is as infrequent an accomplishment as specialist wine-tasting, lion-taming, diamond-cut­ ting, truffie-finding and (if one simply occurs to be an unconverted Mohican courageous) deer-tracking. in basic terms the intuitive, the natural, the sensual, and the intrepid want practice. expert musicians frequently proof a hard and fast tendency both to rudely forget about otherwise to actively despise these folks who bravely attempt to comprehend, outline, and describe their artwork. To many composers and instrumentalists, these outsiders (nonmusicians) who've the temerity to debate something extra summary than the electronic dexterity of a fiddler, the actual vainness of a conductor, or the salary scales for time beyond regulation recording periods are judged precious basically of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music potential itself," insists one of many individuals to the gathering that follows, and lots of practitioners of the paintings of organ­ ized sound would favor to depart it at that.

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Music is my mistress, and she plays second fiddle to no one. Duke Ellington Music Is My Mistress, 1973 Anyone who listens to a Beethoven quartet or symphony and can't hear soul is in trouble. Maybe they can hear the sound of blackness, but they're deaf to soul. ) Ralph Ellison (1914Harper's Magazine, March 1967 It will be generally admitted that Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man. E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Howards End. 1910 Composing is like making love to the future.

Walt Whitman (1819-92) A Song for Occupations 30 Music Is . . Music Does . . Music Means • . • After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one's tears. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Music is the corporealization of the intelligence that is in sound.

Ornithoparcus Musicae Activae Micrologus, 1516 Music is not a science any more than poetry is. It is a sublime instinct, like genius of all kinds. Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee) (1839-1908) Whistle softly, and as each loving muscle snuggles under, and each tiny cilia wiggles free, you will see-shimmering before you -the curves of x million perceptible changes in pitch, at least 127 varieties of female giggles and no less than 17 kinds of falsetto wails in each cubic foot of free vibmting air.

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