An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music

An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music

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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. qMusic means itself, q 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.For permission to use quotations from the copyrighted material listed below, the author wishes to thank the following: ... by Mills Music, Inc., copyright renewed by Mills Music, Inc., and Warock Music, used with permission, all rights reserved; ... copyright Ac renewed 1967 by Famous Music Corporation; Holt, Rinehart aamp; Winston, The Final Diary, by Ned Rorem, copyright Ac 1974 by Ned Rorem, reprinted byanbsp;...

Title:An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music
Author:Nat Shapiro
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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