Category: music and musicians...
- attending the opening night of a Broadway musical
- being the singer in a coffeehouse
- playing jazz or classical music during brainstorming
- harmonious sound can be magical
- Think about a piece of music - some great symphony - we don't expect it to get better as it develops, or that its whole purpose is to reach the final crescendo. The joy is found in listening to the music in each moment. (Alan Watts)
- learning to listen to the "music" of each moment, with your heart not your head; feel the music in your heart
- music is a protean art; it lends itself easily to alliances with words (songs) and with physical movement (dance)
- It is not easy to determine the nature of music or why anyone should have knowledge of it. (Aristotle)
- [Music is] by no means like other arts, the copy of the ideas, but the copy of the will. This is why the effect of music is so much more powerful and penetrating than that of the other arts, for they speak only of shadows, but it speaks of the thing itself. (A. Schopenhauer)
- Music has often been compared with language itself, and the comparison is quite legitimate. While it combines easily with actual language, it also speaks a language of its own, which it has become a platitude to call universal. To understand the significance of the organizing factors of rhythm, melody, harmony, tone color and form, the analogy of a familiar language is helpful. Music has its own alphabet of only seven letters, as compared with the twenty-six of the English alphabet. Each of these letters represents a note, and just as certain letters are complete words in themselves, so certain notes may stand alone, with the force of a whole word. Generally, however, a note of music implies a certain harmony, and in most modern music the notes take the form of actual chords. So it may be said that a chord in music is analogous to a word in language. Several words form a phrase, and several phrases a complete sentence, and the same thing is true in music. Measured music corresponds to poetry, while the old unmeasured plain-song might be compared with prose. (Sigmund Spaeth)
- If music be the food of love, play on. (Shakespeare)
- When a memorable melody attaches itself to a lyric or a ballad, something comes into existence and hangs there as if for perpetuity.
- music takes us out of ourselves
- modern music incorporating notes and harmonies from outside the natural scale
- hymns written in cuneiform on stone tablets
- Gregorian chant was named for Pope Gregory I, who encouraged a ritualized use of music by the church.
- Western music remained monophonic through approximately 900 AD.
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