Música: um guia prático para o iniciante -- Unidade 4
UNIDADE 4 -- MÚSICA DA NOSSA ÉPOCA
True music . . . must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans. My time is today.
Medicine, to produce health, has to examine disease; and music, to create harmony, must investigate discord.
Nations are destroyed, or flourish, in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish!
What happens if someone starts hearing voices? You know the answer to that--he gets locked up. Wait!! But what if those voices are singing? Then he becomes a composer and gets scholarships to music schools and conservatories where he learns to write down what they are singing. What does this show? It shows how very little we really know about either insanity or creativity. I think psychologists find that a little threatening.
. . . one must be willing to allow that symbolic things also mirror realities and sometimes provide greater aesthetic pleasure than the merely realistic.
Classical music belongs alongside all the other forms of great music which receive widespread public attention and exposure. . . There is an incorruptible truth in all good music, be it jazz, rock, folk, or classical.
It's only rock and roll, but I like it.
From the heart . . may it go to the heart.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.