“The great music of the past has, in these crazy times, more “relevance” than ever before. It is a healing force, a restorative, and it operates on several levels. It is, on one level, an idealization of what mankind can aspire to. It is, on another, the ultimate triumph of logic. And it is needed today more than ever before. Immersion in great music means contact with extremely powerful minds, minds that worked toward an ideal. Listening to the music of Bach, of Mozart and Haydn, of Beethoven and Schubert, means becoming involved with ethical as well as tonal and aesthetic ideals. One emerges from the experience a better man, a calmer man. This is not escape. It is rejuvenation.”
Seeking the Infinite: the Musical Life of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski
By Frederick Harris, Jr.
“The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not mov’d with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.”
The Merchant of Venice (V, i, 83-85)