„Schumann's humor is rarely either witty or light: the unrealizable musical structure, the musical motto hidden and partly inaudible, must have stirred his musical fantasy.“

Fonte: The Romantic Generation (1995), Ch. 1 : Music and Sound

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Charles Rosen69
American pianist and writer on music 1927 - 2012

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—  Jean Cocteau French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, boxing manager and filmmaker 1889 - 1963

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„The music I desire must be supple enough to adapt itself to the lyrical effusions of the soul and the fantasy of dreams.“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

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„There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

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Contexto: I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have. It’s just that I find the actual pieces — whether they’re old or modern, which is in any case merely a matter of dates — so totally poverty-stricken, manifesting an inability to see beyond the work-table. They smell of the lamp, not of the sun. And then, overshadowing everything, there’s the desire to amaze one’s colleagues with arresting harmonies, quite unnecessary for the most part. In short, these days especially, music is devoid of emotional impact. I feel that, without descending to the level of the gossip column or the novel, it should be possible to solve the problem somehow. There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen, despite themselves and despite their petty mundane troubles, and never mind if they’re incapable of expressing anything resembling an opinion. It would be enough if they could no longer recognize their own grey, dull faces, if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country, that’s to say, one that can’t be found on the map.

„Most people have music in the center of their lives. I believe my work sheds light on how music affects us and why it is so influential.“

—  Susan McClary American musicologist 1946

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„With all awards and accolades at the international level and his outstanding contribution to classical music, his appeal was not restricted to purists or the elite connoisseur. He endeared himself to the public at large by his tasteful rendering of light music and film songs.“

—  M. Balamuralikrishna Carnatic vocalist, instrumentalist and playback singer 1930 - 2016

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„Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting.“

—  Gottfried Leibniz German mathematician and philosopher 1646 - 1716

Letter to Christian Goldbach, April 17, 1712.
Arthur Schopenhauer paraphrased this quotation in the first book of Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung: Musica est exercitium metaphysices occultum nescientis se philosophari animi. (Music is a hidden metaphysical exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is philosophizing.)
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„Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.“

—  Claude Debussy French composer 1862 - 1918

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„… And this is the origin of pop music: it's a professional music which draws upon both folk music and fine arts music as well.“

—  Pete Seeger American folk singer 1919 - 2014

Pop Chronicles, Show 1 - Play A Simple Melody: Pete Seeger on the origins of pop music http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19745/m1/, interview recorded 2.14.1968 http://web.archive.org/web/20110615153027/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/o-s.

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