“The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text, perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe; it can even be the poem's overall form.”
“Understanding the single-line quote is like comprehending the bulky book with its cover title only and correctly.”
“Not every end is the goal. The end of a melody is not its goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end, it has not reached its goal. A parable.”
“Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous”
“There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.”
“Thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees, / In some melodious plot / of beechen green, and shadows numberless, / Singest of summer in full-throated ease.”
“A melody is not merely something you can hum”
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