An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Music - 418 pages
Writing about music-about what it is and what it means-is akin to describing the act of love. Somehow, the reduction of the experience to an unblushingly detailed exposition of how, where, when, and why who does what to whom, from prelude to resolu tion, loses everything in the translation. The other extreme, the one wherein the writer, in desperation, resorts to metaphor (with or without benefit of meter and rhyme), most often results in im agery that is banal, vulgar, inane, obscure, pretentious, and almost always insufferably romantic. To achieve good and accurate writing about music is as rare an accomplishment as expert wine-tasting, lion-taming, diamond-cut ting, truffie-finding and (if one just happens to be an unconverted Mohican brave) deer-tracking. Only the intuitive, the pure, the sensual, and the intrepid need apply. Professional musicians often evidence a fixed tendency either to rudely ignore or else to actively despise those of us who bravely try to understand, define, and describe their art. To many composers and instrumentalists, those outsiders (nonmusicians) who have the temerity to discuss anything more abstract than the digital dexterity of a fiddler, the particular vanity of a conductor, or the wage scales for overtime recording sessions are judged worthy only of contempt or-at the most-patronizing tolerance. "Music means itself," insists one of the contributors to the collection that follows, and many practitioners of the art of organ ized sound would prefer to leave it at that.
 

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Contents

Part Two CREATORS AND COMPONENTS
31
Conductors and Conducting
73
Part Six THE UNIVERSAL
179
The Medicine of a Troubled Mind
181
33
187
Emotions Vapors and Dispositions
191
The Food of Love
201
The Lingering Melody
208
The OpenAir Art
268
A Jug of Wine a Loaf of Bread
270
Like the Birdies Sing
273
Sight and Sound
276
Part Seven MUSIC FOR THE MILLIONS
278
Jazz
281
Blues and Blacks
293
Rock
301

Let Me Have Music Dying
214
Solitude
220
Warriors Fired with Animated Sounds
221
Consort Not with a Female Musician
226
Sing Me a Song with Social Significance
231
The Only Sensual Pleasure Without Vice
241
The Truth of Song
244
Tones in Time
247
Education
250
The Gift of God
254
The Soul of a Nation
261
The Sweetest Physic in the World
265
Popular and Light
307
Folk
312
Dance
315
Film and Theater
318
Part Eight METAPHYSICS METAPHOR AND MISCELLANY
322
The Music of the Spheres
325
Music as Metaphor
331
Proverbs Aphorisms Wordplay and Assorted Musical Saws
341
41
351
INDEX OF KEY WORDS AND PHRASES
362
154
381
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