By Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)
Writing approximately music-about what it truly is and what it means-is such as describing the act of affection. someway, the relief of the adventure to an unblushingly distinct exposition of the way, the place, while, and why who does what to whom, from prelude to resolu tion, loses every little thing within the translation. the opposite severe, the only in which the author, in desperation, hotels to metaphor (with or with out good thing about meter and rhyme), typically leads to im agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, imprecise, pretentious, and mostly insufferably romantic. to accomplish solid and actual writing approximately tune is as infrequent an accomplishment as professional wine-tasting, lion-taming, diamond-cut ting, truffie-finding and (if one simply occurs to be an unconverted Mohican courageous) deer-tracking. in simple terms the intuitive, the natural, the sensual, and the intrepid want practice. expert musicians frequently facts a hard and fast tendency both to rudely forget about in any other case to actively despise these folks who bravely try and comprehend, outline, and describe their artwork. To many composers and instrumentalists, these outsiders (nonmusicians) who've the temerity to debate whatever 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 precious in simple terms of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music capability itself," insists one of many participants to the gathering that follows, and plenty of practitioners of the paintings of organ ized sound would like to depart it at that.
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1<)63 All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments. 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.
1956 To us musicians the work of Beethoven parallels the pillars of smoke and fire which led the Israelites through the desert, a pillar of smoke to lead us by day, and a pillar of fire to light the night, so that we may march ahead both day and night. His darkness and his light equally trace for us the road we must follow; both the one and the other are a perpetual commandment, an infallible revelation. Franz Liszt (1811-86) Letter to Wilhelm von Lenz, 1852 Music is never stationary; successive forms and styles are only like so many resting places-like tents pitched and taken down again on the road to the Ideal.
Alexander Pope Moral Essays, 1733 Beethoven's Fifth Symphony may be Fate-or Kate-knocking at the door. That is up to you. C. B. Rees "The Purpose of Music," Penguin Music Magazine, 1946 Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life. Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825) Titan, 1800-3 Thou speakest of things which all my endless life I have never found and never shall find. 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 .
An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music by Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)