Quotations About / On: MUSIC

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    There was never yet such a storm but it was ├ćolian music to a healthy and innocent ear.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 145, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
    (Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Socrates, in The Republic, bk. 4, sct. 424. He continued: "It is here in music that our guardians should erect their guard-house." Adeimantus replied: "At any rate it is here that lawlessness easily creeps in unawares.")
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  • 65.
    I've come close to matching the feeling of that night in 1944 in music, when I first heard Diz and Bird, but I've never got there.... I'm always looking for it, listening and feeling for it, though, trying to always feel it in and through the music I play every day.
    (Miles Davis (1926-1991), U.S. jazz musician. Miles: The Autobiography, prologue (1989).)
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  • 66.
    Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
    (Charlie Parker (1920-1955), U.S. jazz musician. quoted in Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain, "Afterwords," sct. 3, ed. Michael Horovitz (1969).)
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  • 67.
    Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
    (Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. quoted in Sunday Times (London, Sept. 16, 1962).)
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  • 68.
    One does not realize the historical sensation as a re-experiencing, but as an understanding that is closely related to the understanding of music, or rather of the world by means of music.
    (Johan Huizinga (1872-1945), Dutch historian. Men and Ideas, pt. 1 (1948-1953, trans. 1959). From the essay "The Task of Cultural History.")
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  • 69.
    As I define it, rock & roll is dead. The attitude isn't dead, but the music is no longer vital. It doesn't have the same meaning. The attitude, though, is still very much alive—and it still informs other kinds of music.
    (David Byrne (b. 1952), U.S. rock musician, composer. Quoted in Rolling Stone (New York, Dec. 1990).)
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  • 70.
    Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
    (Bill Cosby (b. 1937), U.S. comedian, actor. Fatherhood, ch. 10 (1986).)
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