Favorite Quotes

Alan Paton: For it is the dawn that has come, as it has come for a 1000 centuries, never failing. But when that dawn will come, of our emancipation, from the fear of bondage and the bondage of fear, why, that is a secret.  From Cry, the Beloved Country.

Mark 13:35 RSVWatch therefore—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.

A Composer’s Voice: At a certain point in his development, a gifted young composer becomes more than the sum of the influences he has absorbed from tradition, more than simply an amalgamator of other composers’ styles, more than an imitator, more than a disciple, more than a transmitter of conventions. He becomes an adept, he speaks in a tongue that has not previously been heard, he finds his own voice. He has discovered a style; or, perhaps, a style has discovered him. Henceforth, a recognizable portion of our musical language will be identifiable as his language, embodying his rhetoric, his devices, his formal structures. From Mozart, A Life by Maynard Solomon.

Walter PistonMusic without dissonant intervals is often lifeless and negative, since it is the dissonant element which furnishes much of the sense of movement and rhythmic energy. The history of musical style has been largely occupied with the important subject of dissonance and its treatment by composers. It cannot be too strongly emphasized that the essential quality of dissonance is its sense of movement and not, as sometimes erroneously assumed, its degree of unpleasantness to the ear.

Confucius: “To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue — these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.”

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