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The Arts

  • A scientist I know was talking about great works of literature the other day, and she said that what characterized them was the “density of brilliance.” What a wonderful phrase. And how perfect, too, for great works of music.
  • Claude Debussy was a great composer, but like many other famous composers, he was also a wonderful writer.
  • Claude Debussy was a great composer, but like many other famous composers, he was also a wonderful writer.
  • Everyone makes progress at his or her own pace, and what’s crucial is where you eventually arrive, not how fast you get there.
  • Everyone makes progress at his or her own pace, and what’s crucial is where you eventually arrive, not how fast you get there.
  • Some years ago I had the privilege of appearing as viola soloist with the United States Marine Band, “the Presidents Own,” and I can tell you it was a great experience. Like the members of the other premier service bands, the bands of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, the Marine Band players are graduates of some of the nation’s top conservatories, and they’re terrific musicians.
  • Some years ago I had the privilege of appearing as viola soloist with the United States Marine Band, “the Presidents Own,” and I can tell you it was a great experience. Like the members of the other premier service bands, the bands of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard, the Marine Band players are graduates of some of the nation’s top conservatories, and they’re terrific musicians.
  • "There are two kinds of geniuses, the ‘ordinary’ and the ‘magicians.’"
  • Vincenzo Bellini—the composer of Norma, La Sonnambula, and I Puritani, to name a few of his best-known operas—is famous for the beauty of his melodies, but also for his ability to use melody to define character, express passion, and advance dramatic action.
  • Vincenzo Bellini—the composer of Norma, La Sonnambula, and I Puritani, to name a few of his best-known operas—is famous for the beauty of his melodies, but also for his ability to use melody to define character, express passion, and advance dramatic action.