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Thursday, March 26, 2009

A great quote on the value of music

Here's an excerpt from a recent speech by Karl Paulnack, Director of Music at the Boston Conservatory. Full speech at: http://www.arsviva.org/something_important.html

"Some of you may know Samuel Barber’s heartwrenchingly beautiful piece Adagio for Strings. If you don’t know it by that name, then some of you may know it as the background music which accompanied the Oliver Stone movie Platoon, a film about the Vietnam War. If you know that piece of music either way, you know it has the ability to crack your heart open like a walnut; it can make you cry over sadness you didn’t know you had."
"...I have come to understand that music is not part of “arts and entertainment” as the newspaper section would have us believe. It’s not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we cannot with our minds.

3 Comments:

Blogger RubinVoelker said...

goodjob!........................................

11:43 PM  
Blogger 亮麗 said...

你不能左右天氣,但你可以改變心情 ..................................................

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And repeated hearing of such music can bring instant, cathartic tears, e.g. the music in Schindler's List.

12:56 PM  

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