By Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)
Writing approximately music-about what it really is and what it means-is equivalent to describing the act of affection. by some means, the aid of the event to an unblushingly unique exposition of the way, the place, whilst, and why who does what to whom, from prelude to resolu tion, loses every thing within the translation. the opposite severe, the only in which the author, in desperation, hotels to metaphor (with or with no good thing about meter and rhyme), generally ends up in im agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, vague, pretentious, and in general insufferably romantic. to accomplish strong and actual writing approximately tune 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. simply the intuitive, the natural, the sensual, and the intrepid want observe. expert musicians usually facts a hard and fast tendency both to rudely forget about otherwise to actively despise these folks who bravely try and comprehend, outline, and describe their paintings. 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 valuable in basic terms of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music capacity itself," insists one of many members to the gathering that follows, and lots of practitioners of the paintings of organ ized sound would like to depart it at that.
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Darius MiIhaud (1892-1974) Quoted by Aaron Copland, Darius Milhaud, 1947 Life, wherever it is shown; truth, however bitter; speaking out boldly, frankly, point-blank to men-that is my aim ... I am a realist in the highest sense-that is, my business is to portray the soul of man in all its profundity. Modest Moussorgsky (1839-81) Keep your eyes on him; he'll make the world talk of him some day. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (175~1) Letter to his father about Beethoven, 1787 If I have time, I shall rearrange some of my violin concertos and shorten them.
Yehudi Menuhin Theme and Variations, 1972 Music can never be an abstraction, however thoughtful and objectless-for its object is the living man in time-nor can it be accidental, however improvised ... because improvisation is not the expression of accident but rather of the accumulated yearnings, dreams and wisdom of our very soul. Yehudi Menuhin Theme and Variations, 1972 Music is the art of expressing sensations by modulated sounds. C. F. Michaelis (1770-1834) ObeT den Geist deT Tonkunst, 1800 Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
Jean Paul Richter The soul of music slumbers in the shell Till waked and kindled by the master's spell; And feeling hearts, touch them but rightly, pour A thousand melodies unheard before I Samuel Rogers (1763-1855) Human Life 24 Music Is . . Music Does . . Music Means . • Everything is music for the born musician. Everything that throbs, or moves, or stirs, or palpitates-sunlit summer days, nights when the wind howls, flickering light, the twinkling of the stars, storms, the song of birds, the buzzing of insects, the murmuring of trees, voices loved or loathed, familiar fireside sounds, a creaking door, blood moving in the veins in the silence of the night-everything that is is music; all that is needed is that it should be heard.
An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music by Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)