Saturday, February 25, 2017

But the character of the music emphasized the tale as allegory -- humorous, poignant, humane allegory -- disclosing the metamorphosis of life itself, in which man moves from confident inexperience through the bitterness of experience, toward the rueful wisdom of self-knowledge.

-- Robertson Davies

Saturday, February 18, 2017

The power of music, whether joyous or cathartic must steal on one unawares, come spontaneously as a blessing or a grace--

-- Oliver Sacks

Saturday, February 11, 2017

People usually complain that music is so ambiguous, and what they are supposed to think when they hear it is so unclear, while words are understood by everyone. But for me it is exactly the opposite...what the music I love expresses to me are thoughts not to indefinite for words, but rather too definite.

-- Felix Mendelssohn

Saturday, February 4, 2017

     Modern man is full of platitudes about living life to its fullest, with catchy keychain phrases and little plaques for kitchen walls. But if you've never retreated to the solitude of a dark room and listened to Beethoven's Ninth from start to finish, you know nothing. For music is a transcendental exploration of human emotion and experience, the very fabric of life in its purest form. And the Ninth our greatest musical achievement.

-- Tiffany Madison