Friday, October 28, 2011

"Solaced and Refreshed"

No time to write something original today, so here are some good quotes about music to soothe your savage breast.


The exercise of singing is delightful to nature, and good to preserve the health of man. It doth strengthen all parts of the breast, and doth open the pipes. (William Byrd, 1543–1623)

Music is a discipline, and a mistress of order and good manners, she makes the people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable. (Martin Luther, 1483-1546)

He who sings scares away his woes. (Miguel de Cervantes, 1547-1616)

Music is the only art capable of affording peace and joy of the heart. (Martin Luther, 1483-1546)

Among other things proper to recreate man and give him pleasure, music is either the first or one of the principal... (Jean Calvin, 1509-1564)

…Whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, to encourage the despairing, to humble the proud, to calm the passionate, or to appease those full of hate…what more effective means than music could you find? (Martin Luther, 1483-1546)

All their music, both that they play upon instruments, and that they sing with [the] voice, doth so resemble and express natural affections; the sound and tune is so applied and made agreeable to the thing; that whether it be a prayer, or else a ditty of gladness, of patience, of trouble, of mourning, or of anger, the fashion of the melody doth so represent the meaning of the thing, that it doth wonderfully move, stir, pierce and enflame the hearer’s mind. (Sir Thomas More, 1478-1535)

My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary. (Martin Luther, 1483-1546)

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