Quotations About / On:
If you really believe music is dangerous, you should let it go in one ear and out the other.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 70, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
Technology is a servant who makes so much noise cleaning up in the next room that his master cannot make music.
(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).)
When I listen to the engine of my car, I might say it sounds fine, but it would not occur to me to say "What lovely music!"
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 69, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
People whose understanding and taste in literature, painting, and music are beyond question are, for the most part, ignorant of what is good or bad art in the theater.
(Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865-1932), U.S. actor. As quoted in Mrs. Fiske: Her Views on Actors, Acting and the Problems of Production, ch. 1, by Alexander Woollcott (1917).)
Alas! all music jars when the soul's out of tune.
(Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616), Spanish writer. Altisidora, in Don Quixote, pt. 2, bk. 6, ch. 11 (1615), trans. by P. Motteux.)
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
(W.H. (Wystan Hugh) Auden (1907-1973), Anglo-American poet. "Notes on Music and Opera," pt. 8, The Dyer's Hand (1962).)
When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Philosophic Thoughts, ch. 3 (1746).)
Film music should have the same relationship to the film drama that somebody's piano playing in my living room has to the book I am reading.
(Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), Russian-American composer. Music Digest (Sept. 1946).)
People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains, airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven quartet.
(Witold Lutoslawski (b. 1913), Polish composer. Independent on Sunday (London, Jan. 13, 1991).)
Listen to them. Children of the night, what music they make.
(Garrett Fort (1900-1945), U.S. screenwriter. Tod Browning. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), Dracula, in his castle, when he hears wolves howling (1931).
From the play adapted by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston (1899-1954).)