Thursday, 2 February 2017

QUOTE OF THE DAY - FEBRUARY 2, 2017: GOETHE'S RECOMMENDED LITTLE INDULGENCES

A portrait of Goethe as he would
have appeared around the time of
Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship's
first publication; c. 1791
Today's Quote of the Day comes to us from an Unraveling Musical Myths favorite 18th/19th century author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (who, coincidentally was a writer favorite of many a famous composer), and is extracted from his 1795 novel Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship:

 “One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In the spirit of Goethe's quote, I nominate the exquisite Russian folksong "Monotonously Rings the Little Bell" as today's "little song":



Vladimir Albatayev and the Kremlin Capella

Given Goethe's penchant for beautiful music, I am sure the iconic writer would have approved of this selection.


Discover more about Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, his thoughts on the music and composers of his time, and of his ultimate influence within the classical music realm, here on Unraveling Musical Myths:

-Rose.

No comments:

Post a Comment