Rebirth of Reason

Quotes on Music

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"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's a really stupid thing to want to do."
--Elvis Costello

" Without music, life would be a mistake."
--Friedrich Nietzsche

"MUSIC is the shorthand of emotion."
--Leo Tolstoy

"A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians."
--Frank Zappa

"Music that does not SURGE is not great music."
--Carl Ruggles

"Music is the silence between the notes."
--Claude Debussy

"When the music of a state changes, the constitution will change too."

"It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites-opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is not polarity-where energies flow smoothly in one direction-there will be much doing but no music."
--Eric Hoffer

 "Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtues."

"Music has a power of forming the character, and should therefore
be introduced into the education of the young."
- - Aristotle

"Where words fail, music speaks."
   -- Hans Christian Andersen

"Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity
upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed,
and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous."
  -- Yehudi Menuhin

"Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life."
  - Ludwig van Beethoven

"The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking,
'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.'
And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?'
My answer to that would be, 'No.'"
  -Aaron Copland