Raquel Cohen

Raquel Cohen

Definitions of Music

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.     Thomas Carlyle

Ah, music, sacred tongue of God!  I hear thee calling and I come.

 If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:  The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music.     Kurt Vonnegut

Music...is an invisible dance, as dancing is silent music.    Jean Paul

Music is a kind of counting performed by the mind without knowing that it is counting.   Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.                                    Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is the occult metaphysical exercise of a soul not knowing that it philosophizes.    Arthur Schopenhauer

A method of employing the mind without the labour of thinking at all.                          Samuel Johnson

Music is not deception, but revelation. Its unique Power is to reveal to us elements of beauty which are not accessible by other means, the contemplation of which reconciles us to our lives not just for the moment, but for ever.         Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The only reality in music is the state of mind which it induces in the listener.    Stendhal

The man that hath no music in himself,  Nor is not moved with the concord of sweet sounds,  Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are as dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted.’                           Lorenzo in The Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare

Music is another planet.     Alphonse Daudet

Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.     Claude Debussy

Music is geometry in time.     Arthur Honegger