The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, July 9, 2019:

 

 

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it.

Aaron Copland

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The Prompter Room

For Tuesday, July 2, 2019:

 

… We say, correctly, that every child has a right to food and shelter, to education, to medical treatment, and so on. We must understand that every child has a right to the experience of culture. We must fully understand that without stories and poems and pictures and music, children will starve.

Philip Pullman, winner of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

The Prompter Room

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

The Prompter Room

For Friday, April 6, 2018:

 

If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week, for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature.

Charles Darwin (h/t to JB via YD)