Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Quotes: Music.

Music 807 "…thou band of melancholy music, made up of every sigh that the human heart, unsatisfied, has uttered." Hawthorne: "The Procession of Life." Music and sighs.

Music 300 "Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune." Kin Hubbard. 1915. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. Definition of a "classic."

Music 189 "It was as if all the agreeable sensations possible to creatures of flesh and blood were heaped up on those black-and-white keys, and he were gloating over them and trickling them through his...fingers." Cather, My Ántonia. Impressions of a pianist.

Music 212 "I don’t care a rap for all this long-haired music…rather listen to a good jazz band any time than to some piece by Beethoven that hasn’t any more tune to it than a bunch of fighting cats, and you couldn’t whistle it to save your life." Lewis, Babbitt. Music critic.

Music 229 "And this was the other thing they shared, the sadness and clarity of time, time mourned in the music—how the sound, the shaped vibrations made by hammers striking wire strings made them feel an odd sorrow not for particular things but for time itself, the material feel of a year or an age…." DeLillo, Underworld. Musical Impressions.

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