New PDF release: An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music

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

ISBN-10: 1461596270

ISBN-13: 9781461596271

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Writing approximately music-about what it truly is and what it means-is reminiscent of describing the act of affection. one way or the other, the relief of the event to an unblushingly distinct 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, lodges to metaphor (with or with no advantage of meter and rhyme), typically leads to im­ agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, imprecise, pretentious, and normally insufferably romantic. to accomplish sturdy and actual writing approximately song 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 observe. expert musicians usually 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 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 self-importance of a conductor, or the salary scales for time beyond regulation recording classes are judged priceless simply of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music potential itself," insists one of many participants to the gathering that follows, and lots of practitioners of the artwork of organ­ ized sound would favor to depart it at that.

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Writing approximately music-about what it truly is and what it means-is comparable to describing the act of affection. by some means, the relief of the event to an unblushingly certain 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, inns to metaphor (with or with no good thing about meter and rhyme), normally ends up in im­ agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, imprecise, pretentious, and as a rule insufferably romantic.

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Music Does ••. Music Means. . 23 ethereal, its ideal, its intrinsic and essential character. You dispel its luxury of dream. You dissolve the atmosphere of the mystic upon which it Boats. You exhaust it of its breath of faery. Edgar Allan Poe Marginalia, 1844-49 Music resembles poetry; in each Are nameless graces which no methods teach, And which a master-hand alone can reach. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) Essery on Criticism, 1711 Light quirks of music, broken and uneven, make the soul dance upon a jig to heaven.

F. Michaelis (1770-1834) ObeT den Geist deT Tonkunst, 1800 Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously. Henry Miller (1&)1- ) The Air-Conditioned Nightmare, 1945 Only life suffered can transform a symphony from a collection of notes into a message of humanity. Dimitri Mitropoulos (18<)6-1960) February 19, 1954 ... you must have a care that when your matter signifieth ascending, high heaven and such like, you make your musick ascend: and by the contrarie where your dittie speaks of descending, lowness, depth, hell and others such, you must make your musick descend.

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) MemorWs and Commentaries, 1960 Music is only understood when one goes away singing it and only loved when one falls asleep with it in one's head, and finds it still there on waking up the next morning. 1934 Music is a sort of dream architecture which passes in filmy clouds and disappears into nothingness. Percy A. Scholes (1877-1958) The Listener's Guide to Music, 1919 Music is the occult metaphysical exercise of a soul not knowing that it philosophizes. ArthurSchopenhauer (1788-1860) Music is an art so great and surpassingly glorious, it acts mightily upon the innermost being of man.

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