Quotations About / On: MUSIC
Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.
(Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. Spectator (London, March 21, 1711), no. 18.
On the effect of Italian opera on the English stage.)
Music and Wine are one.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Bacchus," Poems (1847).)
Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
(Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Clea, in Clea, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1960).)
Imperceptibly the love of these dischords grew upon me as my love of music grew stronger.
(Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe, letter, December 1, 1835, to Beverly Tucker, ed. John Ward Ostrom (1966).
The poetics of atonality.)
My soul travels on the smell of perfume like the souls of other men on music.
(Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. Little Poems in Prose (Paris Spleen), "A Hemisphere in a Head of Hair," (1857).)
Syncopations are no indication of light or trashy music, and to shy bricks at "hateful ragtime" no longer passes for musical culture.
(Scott Joplin (1868-1917), U.S. pianist, composer. The School of Ragtime, preface (1908).)
Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
(Frank Zappa (1940-1994), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 8 (1989).)
I hear noises which others don't hear and which disturb for me the music of the spheres, which others don't hear either.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.
(Greil Marcus (b. 1945), U.S. rock journalist. "Elvis: Presliad," Mystery Train (1976).)
Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.
(Frank Zappa (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 8 (1989).)