2.16.2009

prelude

"the beginning of a concert is more privileged than the beginning of a book. one could say that sound itself is more privileged than words. a book is full of the same words that are used every day, day after day, to explain, describe, demand, argue, beg, enthuse, tell the truth and lie. our thoughts take shape in words; therefore, the words on the page must compete with the words in our minds. music has a much larger world of associations at its disposal precisely because of its ambivalent nature; it is both inside and outside the world."
~daniel barenboim {from the prelude of the book, music quickens time}

5 comments:

Char said...

I like that quote

Claire said...

i would like to say that i agree completely but i simply can't because my first love is words and i need to defend this first love of mine but... the ability of music to move the soul and the heart and the mind and the ability of music to disturb these entities in equal measure far surpasses the ability of words in my experience.

Ida said...

Beautiful sky, beautiful words..

~B~ said...

I would to get my hands on some some of your books. That is a great section. You always find a way to put a picture and a snippet from a book togther in a very natural flow.

kat said...

Dramatic. Lovely.