Wednesday, December 10, 2008

QUOTES: On music and opera

St. Cecelia, by J. W. Waterhouse. 1895.

"A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become."
-W. H. Auden

"I have always believed that opera is a planet where the muses work together, join hands and celebrate all the arts."
-Franco Zeffirelli

"Opera, next to Gothic architecture, is one of the strangest inventions of Western man. It could not have been foreseen by any logical process."
-Lord Kenneth Clark

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