„Music is geometry in time.“

—  Arthur Honegger, I am a Composer (1951)
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„Music is the best means we have of digesting time.“

—  W. H. Auden Anglo-American poet 1907 - 1973
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—  Sergei Rachmaninoff Russian composer, pianist, and conductor 1873 - 1943
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