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 relief of the adventure to an unblushingly specific exposition of the way, the place, while, 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, motels to metaphor (with or with out advantage of meter and rhyme), ordinarilly leads to im­ agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, imprecise, pretentious, and customarily insufferably romantic. to accomplish reliable and exact 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 desire follow. specialist musicians usually facts 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 whatever extra summary than the electronic dexterity of a fiddler, the actual vainness of a conductor, or the salary scales for extra time recording periods are judged helpful simply of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music capability 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 go away it at that.

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Rhythm is both measurable and immeasurable. . akin to nature, and yet the sensitive 40 Creators and Components child of the muses . . The domain of rhythm extends from the spiritual to the carnal. . Bruno Walter (1876-1962) Of Music and Music-Making, 1957 .. anyone who assumes that there's an essential difference between consonance and dissonance is wrong, because the entire realm of possible sounds is contained within the notes that nature provides. Anton von Webern (1883-1945) There is no music in a rest, But there is music's making; For melody is best expressed By pause and re-awaking.

Gustav Mahler If one wishes to make music, one should not paint or write poetry or desire to describe anything. But what one makes music out of is still the whole-that is the feeling, thinking, breathing, suffering human being. Gustav Mahler Letter to Bruno Walter, 1906 To write a symphony is, for me, to construct a world. Gustav Mahler A symphony must be like the world, it must embrace everything. Gustav Mahler To Jean Sibelius in Helsingfors, Finland, 1907 I don't choose what I compose. It chooses me.

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. Hoene Wronsky (1778-1853) Quoted by Edgar Varese in a lecture at Yale University, 1962 Part Two CREATORS AND COMPONENTS 1.

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