For the final entry in this series of music quotes, I found this moving treatise on music, related in the first person as if music herself is speaking to us. If you have time to listen to some of the links, let me know how you felt about them. Or perhaps you’d like to tell me some of the music that for you personifies the character of the music referenced. EW
I tell the story of love, the story of sorrow, the story that saves and the story that destroys…. I am the smoke which palls over the field of battle where men die with me on their lips. I am close to the marriage altar, and when the grave opens I stand nearby. I call the wanderer home, I rescue the soul from the depths; I open the lips of lovers and through me the dead whisper to the living. One I serve as I serve all, and the leaders I make my slaves as easily as I subject their slaves. I speak through the birds of the air, the insects of the field, the crash of waters on rock-ribbed shores, the sighing of the wind in the trees and I am even heard by the soul that knows me in the clatter of the wheels on city streets. Anonymous. Quoted in Music Lovers Quotations, edited by Helen Exley.
Next week: For the Sheer Beauty of It, a series of free recordings online that are among my favorites.