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We move within time in a kind of dance

“The way we move within time is a kind of dance. We are always keeping time within one rhythm or another. Music, of course, is exemplary. One reason we love music so much is that it’s so complete and the … Continue reading

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Music teaches us the passing of time

“Music teaches us the passing of time. It teaches the value of a moment by giving that moment value. And it passes. It’s not afraid to go.” ~Anna Kamienska ________________________________________________________________ Image via pixielife.  

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Out of clutter, find simplicity

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein ________________________________________________________________ Photo: Sulaymaniyah Music Hall, Iraq. National Geographic February 2010 Julie Adnan via facepalmmozart. Einstein quote via justbesplendid.

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The only calibration that counts

“The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they … Continue reading

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Music from the head

Debatable, this one is. But it does explain Rachmaninoff’s late romanticism vis à vis the impressionists and expressionists. “The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. … Continue reading

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Expand your universe

“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.”   ~Douglas Adams               ________________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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I emerge along with the bats

“I tend to follow a very nocturnal sort of existence, mainly because I don’t much care for sunlight. Bright colours of any kind depress me, in fact, and my moods are more or less inversely related to the clarity of … Continue reading

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Aching. It’s good.

“If a violin string could ache, I would be that string.” ~Vladimir Nabokov _________________________________________________________ Image: via A Poet Reflects

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Let the public weep

“Don’t sweat — let the orchestra sweat. Don’t weep — let the public weep.” ~Richard Strauss, advice to conductors. _____________________________________________________________ Image: Maestro by Benoit Courti via hisaemi Quote from a review of Inside Conducting by Christopher Seaman at The Spectator.

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Take a line for a walk

“When performing Bach one is constantly reminded of Paul Klee’s dictum that the art of drawing is ‘taking a line for a walk’.” ~ Peter Hill _______________________________________________________________ Quote by Peter Hill, in the liner notes of his recording of Bach’s … Continue reading

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Glenn Gould. He cannot be ignored.

Like him or not … “His influence is inescapable. No performer after him can avoid the example he set. Now everyone must perform through him: he can be emulated or rejected, but he cannot be ignored.” ~Mark Kingwell       _____________________________________________________________ … Continue reading

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Too personal, almost naked

“I feel uncomfortable listening to Beethoven. I think he is too personal, almost naked.      Give me Bach, rather, and then more Bach.” ~Albert Einstein ______________________________________________________________ Quote from an interview with Lili Foldes via chopinsnudes. Image: Parabola Magazine Related articles The … Continue reading

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