Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quotable On Notes

St. Cecilia's Music Society's Tiffany window, Grand Rapids, MI.

With tomorrow also being the feast of St. Cecilia, I present more quotes about what is one of my passions: music.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, "Is there a meaning to music?" My answer would be, "Yes." And "Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would be, "No."
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
US composer

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.
The Mill on the Floss, 1860
George Eliot (1819-1880)
English novelist

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
John Erskine (1879-1951)
US author & educator

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
German religious reformer

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
US author & physician

Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
Robert Fripp

When griping grief the heart doth wound,
and doleful dumps the mind oppresses,
then music, with her silver sound,
with speedy help doth lend redress.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Greatest English dramatist & poet

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