There is a legend about the origin of praise. After God created mankind, says the legend, He asked the angels what they thought of the world He has made. “Only one thing is lacking,” they said. “ It is the sound of praise to the Creator.” So, the story continues, “God created music, the voice of birds, the whispering wind, the murmuring ocean, and planted melody in people’s hearts.
“Music is the voice of all humanity, of whatever time or place. In its presence, we are one.”
CHARLOTTE GRAY,b. 1937
“Music binds us together with invisible threads.”
PAM BROWN,b. 1928
"Joy is more joyful, given a tune.."
JANE SWAN, b.1943
“Music may achieve the highest of all missions: she may be a bond between nations, races, and states, who are strangers to one another in many ways; she may unit what is disunited, and bring peace to what is hostile.”
DR. MAX BENDINER
“Music is the shorthand of emotion. Emotions which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed…in music, and that is its power and significance.”
LEO TOLSTOY (1828-1910)
"I know that twelve notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer
me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust."
IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)
"Music is the voice of all sorrow, all joy. It needs no translation."
"Where words fail, music speaks."
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON
"Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us."
"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world."
"Music is the shorthand of emotion."
"Music fills the infinite between two souls."
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent."