Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Quotables

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Quotables

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Just as my fingers on these keys

Make music, so the self-same sounds

On my spirit make a music, too.

Music is feeling, then, not sound ...

- Wallace Stevens

"Peter Quince at the Clavier"

During dinner we played CD of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32-for me the greatest piece of music I know. Life, death, all turmoils, sorrows and happinesses seem to be resolved whenever I hear it.

- Alec Guinness,

My Name Escapes Me

(diary entry of April 23, 1996)

One of the greatest pleasures we have had in our lives here is sitting out on a summer evening to have dinner and listen to Beethoven piano sonatas. And last night, I made the pronouncement-which I feel is true-that Beethoven must have been nearer tothe Godhead than any other artist.

- Letter from Sir Alec Guinness

to Christopher Heiser

(June 17,2000)

And we've got Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" coming up. We ought to be able to fill the hall with that.

- Jeffrey Early,

Houston Symphony President Board

(May 14,2003)

I wish I could interest the Environmental Protection Agency into looking into the [symphony managers and conductors-almost all of them-who have so mercilessly exploited the Beethoven Fifth and Ninth Symphonies, reducing them to pop-culture cliés and deadening their amazing qualities in the same way.

- Bernard Holland

in "How to Kill Orchestras"

(June 29, 2003)

Beethoven is not for the weak, nor the lazy, nor the reactionary.

The spirit of Beethoven is a demanding taskmaster.

- Paul Hertelendy

(February 25, 1990)

The Ninth, forming and dissolving before our ears in its beauty and terror and simplicity and complexity, ending with a cry of jubilation, is itself his kiss for all the world, from east to west, high to low, naive to sophisticated. When the bass speaks the first words in the finale, an invitation to sing for joy, the words come from Beethoven, not Schiller. …

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