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View Quote Musica est exercitium arithmeticae occultum nescientis se numerare animi.
View Quote Musik ist Poesie der Luft.
View Quote Sie zog tief in sein Herz, wie die Melodie eines Liedes, die aus der Kindheit heraufklingt.
View Quote The Evolution of Music, Alfredo Casella, quoted in Miller, Horace Alden (1930). New Harmonic Devices, p. 96.
View Quote A chord is by no means an agglomeration of intervals. It is a new unit which, although dependent on the formative power of the single interval, is felt as being self-existent and as giving to the constituent intervals meanings and functions which they otherwise would not have.
View Quote A velvet flute-note fell down pleasantly,Upon the bosom of that harmony,And sailed and sailed incessantly,As if a petal from a wild-rose blownHad fluttered down upon that pool of tone,And boatwise dropped o' the convex sideAnd floated down the glassy tideAnd clarified and glorifiedThe solemn spaces where the shadows bide.From the warm concave of that fluted noteSomewhat, half song, half odour forth did floatAs if a rose might somehow be a throat.
View Quote Above the pitch, out of tune, and off the hinges.
View Quote Abraham Cowley, Davideis (1668), Book I, p. 13.
View Quote According to the Teachings of Plato, music should not be understood in the narrow sense of music alone, but as participation in all the harmonious arts. In singing, in poetry, in painting, in sculpture, in architecture, in speech, and, finally, in all manifestations of sound, musicality is expressed. In Hellas a ceremony to all the Muses was performed. Tragedy, dance, and all rhythmic movement served the harmony of Cosmos... Much is spoken about beauty, but the importance of harmony is little understood. Beauty is an uplifting concept, and each offering to beauty is an offering to the equilibrium of Cosmos... One should learn how to develop one's own musicality by all possible means. The heart's feeling is sensed not in the words themselves but in their sound. There can be no irritation in harmony. Malice cannot exist where the spirit ascends. It is not by chance that in antiquity the epic scriptures were sung, not only to facilitate memorizing but also for inspiration. Likewise, it is rhythm and harmony that protect us against fatigue. The quality of music and rhythm should be developed from infancy.
View Quote Adelaide Anne Procter, Lost Chord. (As set to music, 5th line reads, "I know not what I was playing.").
View Quote Agni Yoga, Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 181, (1924)
View Quote Agni Yoga, Supermundane, 42, (1938)
View Quote Ah, music," he said, wiping his eyes. "A magic far beyond all we do here! And now, bedtime. Off you trot!
View Quote Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (1709), line 143.
View Quote Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism (1709), line 343.