By Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)
Writing approximately music-about what it's and what it means-is reminiscent of describing the act of affection. in some way, the relief of the adventure to an unblushingly distinctive 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 single in which the author, in desperation, inns to metaphor (with or with out good thing about meter and rhyme), frequently leads to im agery that's banal, vulgar, inane, imprecise, pretentious, and in general insufferably romantic. to accomplish sturdy and exact 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 desire observe. expert musicians usually proof 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 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 additional time recording periods are judged invaluable merely 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 artwork of organ ized sound would favor to depart it at that.
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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Troilus and Cressida, 1602 The technical history of modem harmony is a history of the growth of toleration by the human ear of chords that at first sounded discordant and senseless to the main body of contemporary professional musicians. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) "The Reminiscences of a Quinquogenarian," An improvised speech, December 6, 1910 Discord oft in musick makes the sweeter lay. Edmund Spenser·(1552-<)9) The Faerie Queene, 1590 Melody ... belongs to the noblest gifts which an invisible godhead has made to humanity ...
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55) Either/Or, 1843 There is no feeling-human or cosmic-no depth, no height the human spirit can reach that is not contained in Mozart's music. Lili Kraus (1<)08-) New York Times, August 1,1976 Almost anyone can grasp the vulgarity of Liszt and the lack of it in Mozart; it is more difficult to grasp the vulgar lapses in Wagner and the lack of them in Berlioz. Louis Kronenberger (1904) A Mania for Magnificence, 1972 There can no more be a new Beethoven than there can be a new Christopher Columbus.
Richard Wagner (1813-83) What music expresses is eternal, infinite and ideal ... in such infinitely varied phrases as belong uniquely to music and which are foreign and unknown to any other tongue. Richard Wagner A Happy Evening, 1840 Where the speech of man stops short, then the art of music begins. Richard Wagner A Happy Evening, 1840 Music should not be regarded as a sort of private letter in which a composer describes his feelings and experiences. But sometimes, as with Beethoven, experiences are completely dissolved in music, entirely transformed into music, so that they cease to exist as experiences and no remnant of them can interrupt our enjoyment of something that proceeds purely as music ...
An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music by Nat Shapiro (auth.), Nat Shapiro (eds.)