For Tuesday, January 29, 2019:
Silence is an integral part of all good music. Compared with Beethoven’s or Mozart’s, the ceaseless torrent of Wagner’s music is very poor in silence. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why it seems so much less significant than theirs. It “says” less because it is always speaking.
Aldous Huxley, ‘The Rest is Silence,’ MUSIC AT NIGHT AND OTHER ESSAYS
For Monday, December 3, 2018 (a day earlier than the regular Tuesday post, due to a day-long medical appointment, and travel to and from, tomorrow):
You give too much, less would have been better; but that lies in the nature of heaven-scaling youth, which never thinks it possible to do enough. It is a fault maturer years will correct, however, and I still prefer a superfluity to a paucity of ideas.
Ludwig van Beethoven to young composer Johann Aloys Schlösser