Music should kindle the divine flame in the human mind.  Beethoven

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind"  Johannes Brahms

Quote of the Day Archives

04/30/2014"To earn applause, you should compose music that is either so easy to understand that every cabman can sing it or so difficult that it pleases him just because he cannot understand it." Mozart's Letter to his Father, 1782

05/01/2014"Music belongs to no country, and we value beautiful music from whatever part of the globe it may come." Carl Maria von Weber

05/02/2014 "There's really nothing to it - all you have to do is play the right notes at the right time." J.S. Bach

05/03/2014 "Art is a Bond that unites all the world. How much closer is not this bond between true artists!" Beethoven

05/04/2014 "Melody is the sensuous part of poetry. Is is not melody that converts the spiritual part of a poem into actual feeling?" Beethoven

05/09/2014 "Music, in the opinion of many, ranks second only to faith and religion; and, apart form its power, its effect, and its many advantages, we may justly regard it as belonging to heaven rather than to earth, awakening and stimulating, as it does, in our hearts a desire to praise the Almighty with psalms and thanksgiving. Michael Praetorius (c. 1571-1621) composer, music theorist and organist

05/10/2014 "The history of music teaches us that every school perishes through the principle which gave it birth. It flourishes until that principle has been carried to its last consequences; thereupon new ideas bud forth, taking up the thread of progress, like a new generation, and developing until the ideas of the preceding school have been supplanted." Franz Liszt

5/12/2014 "Music is never stationary; successive forms and styles are only like so many resting places - like tents pitched and taken down again on the road to the Ideal." Franz Liszt

5/16/2014 "The earth has music for those who listen." Shakespeare

5/17/14"There is a great difference between reform and revolution in music. Reform is desirable in all things, in society, in politics, in no matter what, as well as in music, for it is directed against abuses and removes what is obstructive. But a revolution which overthrows and condemns all that was cherished and respected before, is to me of all things the most repulsive - it is in truth a mania, a fashion, and nothing else." Mendelssohn

5/21/14"Which of the two powers is able to raise men to the highest spheres, love or music? That's the question. I think we may say that whilst love can give us no idea of music, music can realize the idea of love. But why separate one from the other? The soul soars on the wings of both." Berlioz

5/26/2014"Whenever a composer attempts to be a painter in music, he will succeed in producing neither good music nor a good picture." Richard Wagner

6/10/2014 Rhythm constitutes as it were the life and soul of all music." Heinrich Schutz

6/12/3014 "I was obliged to work hard. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed just as well." J.S.Bach

 6/14/2014 "In Bach, Beethoven and Wagner we admire principally the depth and energy of the human mind; in Mozart, the divine instinct. His highest inspirations seem untouched by human labor. Unlike the masters cited, no trace of struggle remains in the forms in which he molded his material. He creates like a god, without pain......." Edvard Grieg

6/16/2014 "To earn applause, you should compose music that is either so easy to understand that every cabman can sing it, or so difficult that it pleases him just because he cannot understand it." from Mozart's Letter to his father in 1782

"6/23/2014"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius." Mozart

7/12/2014 "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." Victor Hugo

7/26/14 "Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing."   John Erskine<??>    

 "The HOW of interpretation is technical....in most cases, the technical solution to a problem is also its musical solution."

Dorothy Taubman 

"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe and wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life and everything. It is the essence of order and lends to all that is good and just and beautiful."
Plato

"Music is a therapy. It is a communication<??>  

far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient."  

Yehudi Menuhin 

 

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson

 

"You've got to continue to grow, or you're just like last night's cornbread - stale and dry."  Loretta Lynn

 

'You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try."  Dolly Parton

 

"I would hate to think that I am not an amateur. An amateur is one who loves what he or she is doing. Very often I'm afraid the professional hates what he is doing. So I'd rather be an amateur.  Yehudi Menuhin, The Compleat Violinist 

 

"Many musicians acquire great technique, but taste is the final thing."

Duke Ellington

 

"Each new note is a fresh start" Pat Holmberg

 

No art lover can be an agnostic when the chips are down. If you love music, you are a believer.  Leonard Bernstein

 

NOT USED YET  "Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent." Victor Hugo

 

All the music that ever was still sounds; all the music that is to be still slumbers.  Thomas Surette, Music and Life

"To play a wrong note is insignificant. To play without passion is unforgiveable". Beethoven

"Music is the divine way to tell beautiful poetic things to the heart." Pablo Casals

"Melody is the very life-blood of music - and it is above all necessary that its flow should
continue and remain intact and unaduletrated." Beethoven

"In an orchestra, the string instruments represent, as it were, the refined culture of ancient Greece, the reed instruments the shepherd nations, the trumpets, horns and bassoons, the warlike tribes, and the drums and
cymbals the savage hordes of antiquity." A.W. Ambros (Austrian composer and music historian - 1816-1876)

"To love someone is to learn the song in their heart and sing it to them when they have forgotten." Anonymous

"Music imprints itself in the brain deeper than any other human experience; music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can." Dr. Oliver Sacks

Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest. Heals the heart and makes it whole, Flows from heaven to the soul. Anonymous

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the soul. Pablo Casals

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind. Johannes Brahms

"Music must serve a purpose; it must be part of something larger than itself - a part of humanity." Pablo Casals

Music is the answer to the mystery of life; it is the most profound of all the arts; it expreses the deepest thoughts of life and being in simple language which nontheless cannot be translated. Arthur Schopenhauer

All true and deeply felt music, whether sacred or profane, journeys to heights where art and religion can always meet. Albert Schweizer

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The history of music teaches us that every school perishes through the principle which gave it birth. It flourishes until that principle has been carried to its last consequences; thereupon new ideas bud forth, taking up the thread of progress, like a new generation....F. Liszt

Music alone with sudden charms can bind the wand'ring sense, and calm the troubled mind. William Cosgrove

 

Music should kindle the divine flame in the human mind. Beethoven

Music is the meditation between the intellectual and the sensuous life. Beethoven

We are the Music Makers, We are the dreamers of dreams, wandering by lone sea-breakers and sitting by desolate streams; World-losers and world-forsakers on whom the pale moon gleams, We are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems. Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnes sy

Music, when soft voices die, vibrates in the memory. Shelley

Where light and shade repose, where music dwells lingering 0 and wandering on as loath to die.  Wordsworth

Music does not express the passions, love or longings of this or that individual in this or that situation; it IS passion, love and longing. Richard Wagner

What passion cannot music raise and quell? John Dryden

The city is built to music, and therefore never built at all. and therefore built forever.  Tennyson

How sweet sour music is, when time is broke and no proportion kept! So is it in the music of men's lives.  Shakespeare

The man that hath no music in himself, nor is not moved with concort of sweet sound, is fit for treasonsm, stratagems and spoils - the motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted.  Shakespeare

All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.  Walter Pater

For those who do not love music drives away hate. Music gives peace to the restless and comforts the sorrowful. They who no longer know where to turn find new ways, and those who have despaired gain new confidence and love. Pablo Casals

...there is music whereever there is harmony, order or proportion, and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres. Sir Thomas Browne

Music is the only bodiless entry into a higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind, but is not comprehended by it.  Beethoven

The musician's art is to send light into the depths of men's hearts.  Robert Schumann

Music must serve a purpose; it must be part of something larger than itself - a part of humanity." Pablo Casals

 It seems I could wrest my ideas from nature herself with my own hands, as I go walking in the woods. They come to me in the silence of the night or in the early morning stirred into being by moods which the poet would translate into sounds - and these go through my head swinging and singing and storming until at last I have them before me as notes. Beethoven

Music, the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below. Joseph Addison

Even the smallets task in music is so absorbing, and carries us away so far from town, country, earth, and all wordly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God. Mendelssohn

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down. Virgil Thomson 

Music is the answer to the mystery of life, It is the most profound of all the arts;it expresses the deepest thoughts of life and being in simple language which nonetheless cannon te branslated. Arthur Schopenhauer

I was obliged to work hard. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed just as well. J.S.Bach

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.

Virgil Thomson 

"A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence" Leopold Stokowski

From OUTLINES FOR PIANO INSTRUCTION  by Model Studios 0 7801 Bonhomme Ave Avenue; St. Louis, MO

"MUSIC

Servant and master am I: servant of those dead, and master of those living. Through me spirits immortal speak the message that makes the world weep and laugh, and wonder and worship.

I tell the story of Love, the story of Hate, the story that saves and the story that damns. I am the incense upon which prayers float to Heaven. I am the smoke which palls over the firld of battle where men lie dying with me on their lips.

I am close to the marriage altar, and when the graves open I stand near by. I call the wanderer home, I rescue the sould from the depths. I open the lips of lovers, and through me the dead whisper to the living.

One I serve as I serve all' and the king I make my slave as easily as I subject his slave. I speak through the birds of the air, the insects of the field, the crash of waters on rock ribbed shores, the sighting of the wind in the trees, and I am even heard by the soul that knows me in the clatter of wheels on city streets.

I know no brother, yet all men are my brothers; I am father of the best that is in them, and they are fathers of the best that is in me; I am of them, and they are of me. For I am the instrument of God.  I AM MUSIC"

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