Saturday, May 29, 2010

Music stirs me, for you
Sea and
Mountain and Star
touch me for you.
Alien things only turn
the whole prayer of my heart
to you
All noble paintings
wake the dream of you
All singing lines
lead home to your memory --
Beauty is everywhere kin.

-- Ricarda Huch
(in Heaven's Face Thinly Veiled,
edited by Sarah Anderson)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The power of music is so great that in the legends of all nations, the invention of the art is ascribed to the gods.

-- Karl Merz
(in Music: A Book of Quotations,
edited by Herb Galewitz)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

But as a child of twelve months old or less,
That laboreth his language to express,
Even so fare I, and therefore, I thee pray,
Guide thou my song which I of thee shall say.

- Geoffrey Chaucer
(in The Book of Uncommon Prayer,
edited by Constance and Daniel Pollock)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

All of one's life is music, if one touches the notes rightly, and in time.

-- John Ruskin
(in Notations: Quotations on Music,
edited by Sallye Leventhal)

Saturday, May 1, 2010

When you play, do not trouble yourself as to who is listening.
Yet always play as though a master listened to you.

-- Robert Schumann
(in Music: A Book of Quotations,
edited by Herb Galewitz)