Friday, May 07, 2010

Luther on those who don't like music

"Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits... A person who gives this some though, and does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses.."
\-Martin Luther.

foreword to Georg Rhau's Collection, "Symphoniae iucundae"

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