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December 15, 2004
The 21 Best Music Quotes of All Time
What I like about music is its ability to be convincing,
to carry an argument through successfully to the finish, though the terms of the argument
remain unknown quantities.
-- John Ashbery
Music is the best means we have for digesting time.
-- W.H. Auden
Music appeals to the heart, whereas writing is addressed
to the intellect; it communicates ideas directly, like perfume.
-- Honoré de Balzac
The search for a critical vocabulary in which we may
speak of music by strict denotation is quite absurd: not even the conventional notes and
signs of a score can precisely denote the sounds that we hear.
-- Jacques Barzun
The function of music is to release us from the tyranny
of conscious thought.
-- Sir Thomas Beecham
Do, do things, act. Make a list of the music you love,
then learn it by heart. And when you are writing music of your own, write it as you hear
it inside and never strain to avoid the obvious. The person who does that is living
-- Nadia Boulanger
All pop music is about sex. Rock is about wanting to do
it, jazz is about doing it, and country and western is about feeling guilty after
youve done it.
-- Robert W. Brunelle, Jr.
The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
"Is there a meaning to music?" My answer to that would be, "Yes." And
"Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?" My answer to that would
-- Aaron Copland
Too many people today are trying to justify the
precision with which organized musical sound is produced rather than the energy with which
it is manipulated.
-- David Diamond
The sonata was said by a German critic to be intended by
the earliest writers to show in the first movement what they could do, in the second what
they could feel, in the last to show how glad they were to have finished.
-- Philip H. Goepp
What is music? The very existence of music is wonderful,
I might even say miraculous. Its domain is between thought and phenomena. Like a twilight
mediator, it hovers between spirit and matter, related to both, yet differing from each.
It is spirit, but spirit subject to the measurement of time; it is matter, but matter that
can dispense with space.
-- Heinrich Heine
Music is meaningless noise unless it touches a receiving
-- Paul Hindemith
Melody alone never grows old.
-- Vincent dIndy
Objectivity in music is rubbish. . . . Have you ever had
an objective love affair? And what is music but love?
-- Lili Kraus
The power and the magic of music lie in its
intangibility and its limitlessness. It suggests images, but leaves us free to choose them
and to accommodate them to our pleasure.
-- Wanda Landowska
Music is a language by whose means messages are
elaborated, that such messages can be understood by the many but sent out only by few, and
that it alone of all the languages unites the contradictory attributes of being at once
intelligible and untranslatable -- these facts make the creator of music a being like the
-- Claude Lévi-Strauss
For time is the medium of narration, as it is the medium
of life. Both are inextricably bound up with it, as are bodies in space. Similarly, time
is the medium of music; music divides, measures, articulates time, and can shorten it, yet
enhance its value, both at once.
-- Thomas Mann
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
-- Leo Tolstoy
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to
the B Minor Mass?
-- Michael Torke
Music is the inarticulate speech of the heart, which
cannot be compressed into words, because it is infinite.
-- Richard Wagner
What love is to man, music is to man as well as to the
arts; for it is love itself, the purest, most ethereal language of the passions,
containing their innumerable and constantly changing colors, yet expressing only one truth
that is immediately understood by a thousand people endowed with the most widely divergent
-- Carl Maria von Weber