And those who seek for the best kind of song and music ought not to seek for that which is pleasant, but for that which is True.
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Plato presents questions about the arts which are only answered later when Aristotle founds the new branch of philosophy, Aesthetics.
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Why is American music education based largely on grammar and not on music itself?
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It bothered Plato that not everyone agrees when it comes to describing the beauty. In the end he complains, "All that is beautiful is difficult."
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Beethoven said that music is a more lofty revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. What higher wisdom do you experience in music?
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With 500 TV channels, movies and sporting events beyond counting, should it be the school system's job to provide the public with more entertainment?
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Move to the tune of tears that flow: For tears are music too, and keep A song unheard in hearts that weep.
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Every musician knows that the purpose of music is to communicate feelings to the listener. But this is first communicated in the choice of repertoire.
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Pythagoras (580–500 BC) as a teacher is still remembered for a number of symbolic utterances. One was "Abstain from beans."
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Porphyry recalled that Pythagoras (580–500 BC) allowed no one to become a friend or associate without first being examined in facial expression and disposition.
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Pythagoras (580-500 BC) has been judged by Walther Kirchner (1960) as "one of the most outstanding mathematicians of all times," but by Heraclitus (c. 500 BC) as "the chief captain
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Heraclitus (c. 513 BC) was one of the first philosophers to question the consideration given by musicians to their audience.
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Thales (640-546 BC) famously observed, "A lack of culture is a serious thing." Would he be uncomfortable today in America?
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Gorgias (c. 425 BC) wrote: How can language even express what we perceive through our senses?
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Xenophon of Athens (c. 434–355 BC) wrote that the best choirs were characterized by a high degree of discipline, long periods of training and expert conductors.
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Plutarch “Lives, Pericles”: The Odeum, or concert hall, which in its interior was full of seats and ranges of pillars, and outside had its roof made to slope and descend
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An aulos player who saw some fish in the sea played his instrument in the hope that they would come ashore ...
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Xenophon of Athens, c. 434-355 BC, in his Anabasis, writes: Niceratus. My father was anxious to see me develop into a good man and as a means to this end
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Pendar, c. 518 BC, sang: Sing, O Muse, sing high and clear O polytonal many voiced Muse, Make a new song for girls to sing. Is this timely?
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Pratinas, in 500 BC, reminded his listeners that the Muse had ordained that the song should be the mistress and the aulos the servant, and not the other way around.
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Aristophanes, in his play The Clouds, recalls the good old days: “Those were the days when students were quiet and had discipline. They studied only the best music and the
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Plutarch (Concerning Music) wrote of the ancient Greeks: “They deemed it requisite by the assistance of music to form and compose the minds of youth to what was decent, sober
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The original version of the first movement of Mahler’s Third Symphony was scored for large wind orchestra. Where is that score?
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Alma Mahler in her book on Memories and Letters of her husband mentions that in May 1902, Mahler arranged a portion of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for wind orchestra and chorus