Quotations on sound and silence




A music appreciation textbook I used to use defined music as sound and silence, organized in time. That’s an awfully broad definition, but it’s right to include silence. Musicians and philosophers have pointed out the relationship between music and silence almost since the beginning of writing about music at all. Here is a selection of quotations. Music is the silence between the notes ~Claude Debussy A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. ~Leopold Stokowski The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes – ah, that is where … Continue reading