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message 1: by Héctor (last edited May 25, 2008 02:26AM) (new)

Any serious literary artist envies music, which has an apparently self-referring language, cannot preach or inform, and totally identifies form and content.

Anthony Burgess, This Man and Music

message 2: by Florita (last edited May 25, 2008 03:58AM) (new)

Florita (ms_rita) | 220 comments Mod
Great idea!

"Without music, life would be a mistake."
— Friedrich Nietzsche

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."
— Albert Einstein

"I just can't listen to any more Wagner, you know...I'm starting to get the urge to conquer Poland. "
— Woody Allen

"If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
— Kurt Vonnegut

"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
— Aldous Huxley


"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent"
— Victor Hugo

(Food for thought for the Wittgenstinians? Perhaps that of which we cannot speak we can express in music.)

message 3: by Florita (new)

Florita (ms_rita) | 220 comments Mod
And, of course:-

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away. "
— Henry David Thoreau

message 4: by Florita (new)

Florita (ms_rita) | 220 comments Mod
"Music gives soul to the universe
wings to the mind
flight to the imagination
and life to everything"
— Plato

message 5: by Héctor (new)

I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs, and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort, when I am filled with music.

George Eliot

message 6: by Héctor (new)

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.

George Bernard Shaw

message 7: by Héctor (new)

Happy are they that go to bed with grave music.

Sir Thomas Browne

message 8: by Héctor (new)


There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

Albert Schweitzer

message 9: by Tracy (new)

Tracy | 8 comments "[Music:] always makes me feel as if I wanted something."

--Carrie, from Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

message 10: by Héctor (new)


I venture to credit myself with truly new music which, being based on tradition, is destined to become tradition.


message 11: by Héctor (new)


In order for music to free itself, it will have to pass over to the other side—there where territories tremble, where the structures collapse, where the ethoses get mixed up, where a powerful song of the earth is unleashed, the great ritornelles that transmutes all the airs it carries away and makes return.

Gilles Deleuze

message 12: by Héctor (new)

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message 13: by Héctor (new)

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The wise music offends our desire.


message 14: by Héctor (last edited Jan 07, 2009 03:01PM) (new)


Music, even in situations of the greatest horror, should never be painful to the ear but should flatter and charm it, and thereby always remain music.


message 15: by Héctor (last edited Feb 10, 2009 10:16AM) (new)


I begin by considering an effect.


message 16: by Anna (new)

Anna | 14 comments "Rachmaninov so generous, cultivated, self sustained. Always bells. Bells can be church bells, sleigh bells, but these are bells of life."

"What is the tragedy in Schubert? Two things. First of all, his intuition of death. On the other hand, he so happy to live."

"It is the thumb that makes the pianist. It is the little finger that makes the artist."

"I tell you a secret about Chopin, piano is his best friend. More. He tells piano all his secrets."

All taken from the new Macmillan book
Piano Lessons by Anna Goldsworthy

message 17: by Harvey (new)

Harvey | 31 comments To a lady 'cellist...

“Madam, you have between your legs an instrument capable of giving pleasure to thousands - and all you can do is scratch it”

“A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.”

Sir Thomas Beecham

message 18: by Barbara H (new)

Barbara H (barbhh) | 66 comments Perfect!!

message 19: by Harvey (new)

Harvey | 31 comments Barbara wrote: "Perfect!!"

Beecham is/or rather was so rich in quotes he deserves a special study! Never could understand his championing of Delius.... any how!

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