By Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)
Writing approximately music-about what it really is and what it means-is similar to describing the act of affection. in some way, the aid of the event 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 good thing about meter and rhyme), quite often leads to im agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, vague, pretentious, and generally insufferably romantic. to accomplish solid and exact writing approximately track 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 observe. expert musicians frequently facts a hard and fast tendency both to rudely forget about otherwise to actively despise these people who bravely attempt to 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 vainness of a conductor, or the salary scales for time beyond regulation recording classes are judged necessary in basic terms of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music ability itself," insists one of many members to the gathering that follows, and plenty of practitioners of the artwork of organ ized sound would favor to go away it at that.
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Anonymous By constantly learning about all forms of music throughout the world, from Eskimo throat music to newly discovered Baroque composers, I am always amazed at what a beautiful language music is. David Amram (1930) Edition Peters Contemporary Music Catalogue, 1975 Whether the angels play only Bach pmising God, I am not quite sure; I am sure however, that en famille they play Mozart. Karl Barth (IB86-1¢B) Quoted in his obituary, New York Times, December 11, I¢B Beethoven can write music, thank God-but he can do nothing else on earth.
Goddard Lieberson (1911) Album notes to Frank Sinatra Conducts the Music of Alec Wilder, c. 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.
Cecil Taylor (1933The Village Voice, April 28, 1975 If there is nothing new to be found in melody then we must seek novelty in harmony. Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) Letter to Carl Heinrich Graun, 1751 It is often said that melody can be heard farther than noise, that the finest melody farther than the coarsest. Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) November 20, 1851 The language of tones belongs equally to all mankind and melody is the absolute language in which the musician speaks to every heart.
An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music by Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)