Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Imperfect Harmony - Reading Together - A German Requiem

This week's reading from Imperfect Harmony introduced us to community singing. Below are some of the quotes that stood out to me.

"It is also an eclectic history of group singing, conductors, pieces of music both famous and forgotten, the science of singing, and all the benefits that come from being in the middle of a song." (loc: 67)

"Life is hard, battles of all kinds continue to rage around us, and disappointments accumulate. But singing is the one thing in my life that never fails to take me to where disenchantment is almost nonexistent and feeling good is pretty much guaranteed." (loc: 71)

"'The wonderful thing about the amateur chorus,' the conductor Robert Shaw once said, 'is that nobody can buy its attendance at rehearsals, or the sweat, eyestrain and fatigue that go along with the glow; and nobody but the most purposive and creative of music minds— from Bach in both directions— can invite and sustain its devotion.'" (loc: 192)

"In other words: life is hard, singing is heartening. And singing with other people, in particular." (loc: 219)

note: I'm reading this book from through my Kindle app, so quotations are shown by the location in the Kindle document.

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  1. Thank you for picking my book for your new Reading Together series!! I'm very honored and very flattered! I hope you like the rest of the book. But either way, I'm grateful my book was chosen.

    1. I've enjoyed reading your book tremendously.


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