Music Quotes for Contemplation
There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacings of the spheres.
Let the mind be inspired by poetry, then given a firm foundation by the study of propriety,
and finally perfected by music.
The music masters familiarizes children's minds with rhythms and melodies,
thus making them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves,
and more capable in whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential
to the whole of life.
There is music even in the beauty and the silent note which Cupid strikes,
far sweeter than the sound of an instrument; for there is a music wherever
there is harmony, order, or proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres.
We live in this world to compel ourselves industriously to enlighten one another
by means of reasoning and to apply ourselves always to carrying forward the sciences and the arts.
Music even in the most awful places must not offend the ear, but give pleasure, that is music must always remain music.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Here, surrounded by the products of Nature, often I sit for hours, while my senses feast upon
the spectacle of Nature. Here the majestic sun is not concealed by any dirty roof made by
human hands, here the blue sky is my sublime roof. When in the evening I contemplate the sky
in wonder and the host of luminous bodies continually revolving within their orbits, suns or
earths by name, then my spirit rises beyond these constellations so many millions of miles away
to the primeval source from which all creation flows and from which new creations shall flow
When, now and again, I endeavor to formulate my seething emotions in music oh,
then I find that I am terribly deceived; I throw my scrawled paper upon the ground and feel
firmly convinced that never shall anyone born on this earth be able to express in sounds, words,
colors or stone those heavenly images that hover before his excited imagination in his happiest
hours... Yes, it must come from above, that which strikes the heart; otherwise it's nothing but notes,
body without spirit, isn't that so? What is body without spirit? Earth or muck, isn't it?
The spirit must rise from the earth, in which for a time the divine spark is confined, and much
like the field to which the ploughman entrusts precious seed, it must flower and bear many fruits,
and, thus multiplied, rise again towards the source from which it has flown. For only by persistent
toil of the faculties granted to them do created things revere the creator of infinite Nature.
There is no loftier mission than to approach
the Divinity nearer than other men, and to
disseminate the divine rays among mankind.|
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
letter to Archduke Rudolph, August 1823
Poetry, Painting & Music, the three Powers in Man of conversing with Paradise,
which the flood did not sweep away.
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard
Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
For me, music is always the language which permits one to converse with the Beyond.
Music springs from and is replenished by a hidden source which lies outside the world
or reality. Music ever spoke to me of a mysterious world beyond, which moved my heart
deeply and eloquently intimated its transcendental nature.
Music fills the infinite between two souls.
Music heard so deeply
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