Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 41.
    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.)
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  • 42.
    Music and Wine are one.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Bacchus," Poems (1847).)
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  • 43.
    Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.
    (Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990), British author. Clea, in Clea, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1960).)
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  • 44.
    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.)
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  • 45.
    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).)
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  • 46.
    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).)
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  • 47.
    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).)
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  • 48.
    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).)
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  • 49.
    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).)
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  • 50.
    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).)
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