Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hi, Richard here just inserting a favorite quotation so I'll know where to find it again.

If we consider and ask ourselves what sort of music we should wish to hear on entering a
church we should surely, in describing our ideal, say first of all that it must be something different from what is heard elsewhere; that it should be a sacred music, devoted to its purpose,

music whose peace would still passion, whose dignity should strengthen our faith, whose unquestion’d beauty should find a home in our hearts, to cheer us in life and death;

A music
worthy of the fair temples in which we meet and of the holy words of our liturgy;

A music whose
expression of the mystery of things unseen never allow’d any trifling motive to ruffle the sanctity of its reserve. What power for good such a music would have!

Robert Bridges, 1844-1930
Poet Laureate of Great Britain

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