Music Appreciation 1

Three things, among others, give me great pleasure, architecture, music, and science. A few weeks ago I came upon this quote by Goethe(to add to last month’s quote) – “I call architecture frozen music.” – what insight!

Heinrich Hein(1797-1856) wrote  – “What is music? This question occupied my mind for hours last night before I fell asleep. The very existence of music is wonderful, I might even say miraculous. Its domain is  between thought and phenomena. Like a twilight mediator, it hovers between spirit and matter, related to both, yet differing from each. It is spirit but it is spirit subject to the measurement of time. It is matter but it is matter that can dispense with space.”

None of us is likely to forget this year, but for many people, music will have been a great solace. It has enabled us to fill what could easily have become empty and wasted hours. “There is something very wonderful in music. Words are wonderful enough; but music is even more wonderful. It speaks not to our thoughts as words do; it speaks straight to our hearts  and spirits, to the very core and root of our souls. Music soothes us, stirs us up; it puts noble feelings in us; it melts us to tears, we know not how: – it is a language by itself, just as perfect, in its way, as speech, as words; just as divine, just as blessed…” Charles Kingsley(1819-1875).

Here is some of the music I will be listening to over Christmas:  The  Hansel and Gretel Overture(Humperdinck);

Messiah(Handel) – at least Part 1; Fantasia on Christmas Carols(Vaughan Williams); A Carol Symphony(Hely- Hutchinson); Men of Goodwill(Britten); A Christmas Carol Symphony(Standford); Nutcracker(Tchaikovsky).

A very Happy Christmas to you all and good listening.

Peter Ellement   01858 432966