I came across this quote while doing some research for a paper, and I thought it was rather beautiful.

Words about music enliven the distance that separates the musical idea from the experience of music like the threads of rain that, in the lines of the haiku, sew sky to earth. When composers who are drawn to express themselves in language as well as in music also devise their verbal texts for vocal compositions, there is a reciprocal effect—as though the rain threads upward as well as down.

~ Austin Clarkson

As difficult as music is to describe, those who describe it well do us all a tremendous service.


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