Issue 24: Quotations in Praise of Silence

There have been a number of quotations come my way recently concerning silence, or being silent;


“The word listen contains the same letters as the word silent.” ~ pianist Aflred Brendel, KBE   (I never realised that before…. I don’t do crossword puzzles often enough!)

“There are many types of silence. There is a silence before the note, […] at the end, and there is a silence in the middle.” ~ Daniel Barenboim

“A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindberg

Your power is not in how you play…it’s in how you listen.

“A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”  ~ Leopold Stokowski


I am following @DailyMusicQuote on Twitter which is where these goodies come from.

Food for thought indeed.

One of the hardests habits to break in the class is that of immediately staring to chat, or sit down, or fidget once the song of piece has ended. I often have to practice the ending over and over again, especially if it involes an action like everyone putting their hands up together and KEEPING them up! Once the class has experienced the magical effect of a proper silence, they are usually very impressed. Similarly, if you can establish a proper start, with everyone still, silent, and focussed, the performance is so much more effective.


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