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Johannes Brahms Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms
What is music? This question occupied my mind for hours last night before I fell asleep. The very existence of music is wonderful, I might even say miraculous. Its domain is between thought and phenomena. Like a twilight mediator, it hovers between spirit and matter, related to both, yet differing from each. It is spirit, but spirit subject to the measurement of time; it is matter, but matter that can dispense with space. ---Heine Emerson has said that, next to the man who first voices a great truth, is the one who quotes it. Truth is in the air; it belongs... Nonfictions - Post by : ashapathania - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 1702

Wolfgang Mozart Wolfgang Mozart

Wolfgang Mozart
Mozart composed nine hundred twenty-two pieces of which we know. He is considered the greatest composer the world has ever seen, judged by the versatility and power of his genius. In every kind of composition he was equally excellent. Beside being a great composer he was a great performer, being the most accomplished pianist of his day. He was also an excellent player on the violin. ---Dudley Buck Apology: The Mozart "Little Journey" was written, and as over a month had been taken to do the task, the result was something of which I was justly proud. It was quite unlike... Nonfictions - Post by : djkirk - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 3335

Giuseppe Verdi Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi
Of all the operas that Verdi wrote, The best, to my taste, is the Trovatore; And Mario can soothe, with a tenor note, The souls in purgatory. The moon on the tower slept soft as snow; And who was not thrilled in the strangest way, As we heard him sing while the lights burned low, "Non ti scordar di me"?... Nonfictions - Post by : syberqueen - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 1551

George Handel George Handel

George Handel
When generations have been melted into tears, or raised to religious fervor--when courses of sermons have been preached, volumes of criticisms been written, and thousands of afflicted and poor people supported by the oratorio of "The Messiah"--it becomes exceedingly difficult to say anything new. Yet no notice of Handel, however sketchy, should be written without some special tribute of reverence to this sublime treatment of a sublime subject. Bach, Graun, Beethoven, Spohr, Rossini and Mendelssohn have all composed on the same theme. But no one in completeness, in range of effect, in elevation and variety of conception, has ever approached Handel's... Nonfictions - Post by : morpheus - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 3408

Ludwig Van Beethoven Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven
Melody has by Beethoven been freed from the influence of Fashion and changing Taste, and raised to an ever-valid, purely human type. Beethoven's music will be understood to all time, while that of his predecessors will, for the most part, only remain intelligible to us through the medium of reflection on the history of Art. ---Richard Wagner Music is the youngest of the arts. Modern music dates back about four hundred years. It is not so old as the invention of printing. As an art it began with the work of the priests of the Roman Catholic Church in endeavoring to... Nonfictions - Post by : Wesley_Atkins - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 3249

Franz Liszt Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt
Were I to tell you what my feelings were on carefully perusing and reperusing this essay, I could hardly find terms to express myself. Let this suffice: I feel more than fully rewarded for my trials, my sacrifices and artistic struggles, on noting the impression I have made on you in particular. To be thus completely understood was my only ambition; and to have been understood is the most ravishing gratification of my longing. ---Liszt in a Letter to Wagner In writing of Liszt there is a strong temptation to work the superlative to its limit. In this instance it is... Nonfictions - Post by : collegeman03 - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 1374

Felix Mendelssohn Felix Mendelssohn

Felix Mendelssohn
The correspondence of Goethe and Zelter displeases me. I always feel out of sorts when I have been reading it. Do you know that I am making great strides in water-colors? Schirmer comes to me every Saturday at eleven, and paints for two hours at a landscape, which he is going to make me a present of, because the subject occurred to him whilst I was playing the little "Rivulet" (which you know). It represents a fellow who saunters out of a dark forest into a sunny little nook; trees all about, with stems thick and thin; one has fallen across... Nonfictions - Post by : gnash - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 1399

Sebastian Bach Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach
The name of Bach would have been famous in musical history without Johann Sebastian, but with his name added it becomes the most illustrious that the world has ever known. Bach had many pupils, but none surpassed his own sons, six of whom became great musicians, but with these the musical faculty died. ---Sir Hubert Parry The art of today is imitative. Once men had convictions, but we have only opinions, and these are usually borrowed. The artificiality of life, and the rush and the worry afford no time for great desires to possess our souls. We average well, but no... Nonfictions - Post by : kenetrix - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 2349

Robert Schumann Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann
Beneath these flowers I dream, a silent chord. I can not wake my own strings to music; but under the hands of those who comprehend me, I become an eloquent friend. Wanderer, ere thou goest, try me! The more trouble thou takest with me, the more lovely will be the tones with which I shall reward thee. ---Robert Schumann That any man should ever write his thoughts for other men to read, seems the very height of egoism. Literature never dies, and so the person who writes constitutes himself a rival of Shakespeare and seeks to lure us from Montaigne, Milton,... Nonfictions - Post by : diveman - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 1215

Frederic Chopin Frederic Chopin

Frederic Chopin
Nature does not design like art, however realistic she may be. She has caprices, inconsequences, probably not real, but very mysterious. Art only rectifies these inconsequences, because it is too limited to reproduce them. Chopin was a resume of these inconsequences which God alone can allow Himself to create, and which have their particular logic. He was modest on principle, gentle by habit, but he was imperious by instinct and full of a legitimate pride which was unconscious of itself. Hence arose sufferings which he did not reason and which did not fix themselves on a determined object. ---George Sand in... Nonfictions - Post by : guardian - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 2544

Paganini Paganini

For lo! creation's self is one great choir, And what is Nature's order but the rhyme Whereto the worlds keep time, And all things move with all things from their prime? Who shall expound the mystery of the lyre? In far retreats of elemental mind Obscurely comes and goes The imperative breath of song, that as the wind Is trackless, and oblivious whence it blows.---William WatsonSome time ago, after... Nonfictions - Post by : Amber13 - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 1265

Richard Wagner Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner
Was ever work like mine created for no purpose? Am I a miserable egotist, possessed of stupid vanity? It matters not, but of this I feel positive; yes, as positive as that I live, and this is, my "Tristan and Isolde," with which I am now consumed, does not find its equal in the world's library of music. Oh, how I yearn to hear it; I am feverish; I am worn. Perhaps that causes me to be agitated and anxious, but my "Tristan" has been finished now these three years and has not been heard. When I think of this I... Nonfictions - Post by : upena - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 3320

Lord Nelson And Lady Hamilton Lord Nelson And Lady Hamilton

Lord Nelson And Lady Hamilton
The last moments which Nelson passed at Merton were employed in praying over his little daughter as she lay sleeping. A portrait of Lady Hamilton hung in his cabin; and no Catholic ever beheld the picture of his patron saint with more devout reverence. The undisguised and romantic passion with which he regarded it amounted almost to superstition; and when the portrait was now taken down, in clearing for action, he desired the men who removed it to "take care of his guardian angel." In this manner he frequently spoke of it, as if he believed there was a virtue in... Nonfictions - Post by : Melloh - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 2389

Ferdinand Lassalle And Helene Von Donniges Ferdinand Lassalle And Helene Von Donniges

Ferdinand Lassalle And Helene Von Donniges
DRAMATIS PERSONAE FERDINAND LASSALLE PRINCE YANKO RACOWITZA HERR VON DONNIGES KARL MARX DOCTOR HAENLE JACQUES HELENE VON DONNIGES FRAU VON DONNIGES FRAU HOLTHOFF HILDA VON DONNIGES Servants, maids, butler, landlord, ladies and gentlemen.A wise man has said that there is a difference between fact and truth. He has also told us that things may be true and still not be so. The truth as to the love-story of Ferdinand Lassalle and Helene von Donniges can only be told by adhering strictly to the facts. Facts are not only stubborn things,... Nonfictions - Post by : itTiger - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 2791

Fenelon And Madame Guyon Fenelon And Madame Guyon

Fenelon And Madame Guyon
Some time before the marriage of my daughter, I had become acquainted with the Abbe Fenelon, and the family into which she had entered being among his friends, I had the opportunity of seeing him there many times. We had conversations on the subject of the inner life, in which he offered many objections to me. I answered him with my usual simplicity. He gave me opportunity to thoroughly explain to him my experiences. The difficulties he offered, only served to make clear to him the root of my sentiments; therefore no one has been better able to understand them than... Nonfictions - Post by : Harry - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 2763

Balzac And Madame Hanska Balzac And Madame Hanska

Balzac And Madame Hanska
A thought entered my heart, such as God sends to make us willing to bear our griefs. I resolved to instruct and raise this corner of the earth, as a teacher brings up a child. Do not call it benevolence; my motive was the need I felt to distract my mind. I wanted to spend the remainder of my days in some arduous enterprise. The changes to be introduced into this region, which Nature has made so rich and man made so poor, would occupy my whole life; they attracted me by the very difficulty of bringing them about. I wished... Nonfictions - Post by : brockhill - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 2346

Dante Gabriel Rossetti And Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal Dante Gabriel Rossetti And Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal

Dante Gabriel Rossetti And Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal
LOVE'S LOVERS Some ladies love the jewels in Love's zone, And gold-tipped darts he hath for painless play In idle, scornful hours he flings away; And some that listen to his lute's soft tone Do love to vaunt the silver praise their own; Some prize his blindfold sight; and there be they Who kissed the wings which brought him yesterday And thank his wings today that he is flown. My lady only loves the... Nonfictions - Post by : Lynne - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 3143

Petrarch And Laura Petrarch And Laura

Petrarch And Laura
As to Vaucluse, I well know the beauties of that charming valley, and ten years' residence is proof of my affection for the place. I have shown my love of it by the house which I built there. There I began my article "Africa," there I wrote the greater part of my epistles in prose and verse. At Vaucluse I conceived the first idea of giving an epitome of the Lives of Illustrious Men, and there I wrote my treatise on a Solitary Life, as well as that on religious retirement. It was there, also, that I sought to moderate my... Nonfictions - Post by : Jerry - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 1048

Parnell And Kitty O'shea Parnell And Kitty O'shea

Parnell And Kitty O'shea
For my own part I am confident as to the future of Ireland. Though the horizon may now seem cloudy, I believe her people will survive the present oppression, as they have survived many worse ones. Although our progress may be slow, it will be sure. The time will come when the people of England will admit once again that they have been mistaken and have been deceived: that they have been led astray as to the right way of governing a noble, a brave and an impulsive people. ---Charles Stewart Parnell Two hundred fifty men own one-third of the acreage... Nonfictions - Post by : pubbing - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 3131

John Stuart Mill And Harriet Taylor John Stuart Mill And Harriet Taylor

John Stuart Mill And Harriet Taylor
To the beloved and deplored memory of her who was the inspirer, and in part the author, of all that is best in my writings--the friend and wife whose exalted sense of truth and right was my strongest incitement, and whose approbation was my chief reward--I dedicate this volume. Like all that I have written for many years, it belongs as much to her as to me; but the work as it stands has had, in a very insufficient degree, the inestimable advantage of her revision; some of the most important portions having been reserved for a more careful examination, which... Nonfictions - Post by : djd3s - Date : August 2011 - Author : Elbert Hubbard - Read : 2698