The Melody of Art

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GLENN GOULD ~ ON BEING AN ARTIST

“If an artist wants to use his mind for creative work, cutting oneself off from society is a necessary thing” ― Glenn Gould

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IF MUSIC BE THE FOOD OF LOVE…

William A. Breakspeare (c 1855-1914) If Music be the Food of Love If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.” William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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IGOR STRAVINSKY ~ GREAT ARTISTS

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal. Igor Stravinsky

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IRENE NEMIROVSKY ~ ON MUSIC

“…for music alone can abolish differences of language or culture between two people and invoke something indestructible within them.” Irene Nemirovsky ― Suite Francaise 

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ANAIS NIN ~ ON MUSIC

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together.” ~Anais Nin Photos by Peter and Alice Gowland

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VICTOR HUGO ~ THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. “ ~Victor Hugo

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BACH ~ ON MUSIC

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.” Johann Sebastian Bach German composer and musician (1685-1750)

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TOLSTOY ~ ON MUSIC

“Music is the shorthand of emotion.” Leo Tolstoy

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JEAN COCTEAU ~ ON THE MYSTERIOUS RESEMBLANCE OF MUSIC

“All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.” Jean Cocteau

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PLATO ~ MUSIC AS A MORAL LAW

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. ” Plato

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