Goethe's Correspondence with a Child ...

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1839
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Página 210 - I feel myself compelled to let the melody stream forlh on all sides — I follow it — passionately overtake it again — I see it escape me, vanish amidst the crowd of varied excitements — soon I seize upon it again with renewed passion; I cannot part from it, — with quick rapture I multiply it in every form of modulation — and at the last moment I triumph over the first musical thought, — see now — that's a Symphony; — yes, Music is indeed the mediator between the spiritual and sensual...
Página 211 - ... melody ? and does not this perception excite again to new productions ? There, the spirit extends itself to unbounded universality, where all in all forms itself into a bed for the stream of feelings which take their rise in the simple musical thought, and which else would die unperceived away; this is harmony, this is expressed in my symphonies ; the blending of various forms rolls on as in a bed to its goal. Then one feels that an Eternal, an Infinite, never quite to be embraced, lies in all...
Página 206 - ... true, I am not ripe for speaking, but I am nevertheless not mistaken when I say (what no one understands and believes) that he far surpasses all in mind, and whether we shall ever overtake him? — I doubt it! may he only live till that mighty and sublime enigma which lies within his spirit be matured to its highest perfection ! Yes, may he reach his highest aim, then will he surely leave a key to heavenly knowledge in our hands which will bring us one step nearer to true happiness. To you I...
Página 212 - Although the spirits live upon music, as one lives upon air, yet it is something else spiritually to understand it ; — but the more the soul draws out of it its sensual nourishment, the more ripe does the spirit become for a happy intelligence with it. But few attain to this ; for, as thousands engage themselves for love's sake, and among these thousands love does not once reveal itself, although they all occupy themselves of love, in like manner do thousands hold communion with music, and do not...
Página 209 - He accompanied me home, and it was upon the way that he said so many beautiful things upon art ; withal he spoke so loud, stood still so often upon the street, that some courage was necessary to listen; he spoke passionately and much too startlingly for me not also to forget that we were in the street. They were much surprised to see me enter, with him, in a large company assembled to dine with us. After dinner, he placed himself, unasked, at the instrument, and played long and wonderfully: his pride...
Página 210 - Yesterday, I walked with him in a splendid garden, in full blossom, all the hot-houses open ; the scent was overpowering. Beethoven stood still in the burning sun, and said, " Goethe's poems maintain a powerful sway over me, not only by their matter, but also their rhythm ; I am disposed and excited to compose by this language, which ever forms itself, as through spirits, to more exalted order, already carrying within itself the mystery of harmonies. Then, from the focus of inspiration, I feel myself...
Página 211 - ... on as in a bed to its goal. Then one feels that an Eternal, an Infinite, never quite to be embraced, lies in all that is spiritual; and although in my works I have always a feeling of success, yet I have an eternal hunger, — that what seemed exhausted with the last stroke of the drum with which I drive my enjoyment, my musical convictions, into the hearers, — to begin again like a child. Speak to Goethe of me, tell him he should hear my symphonies ; he would then allow me to be right in saying...
Página 212 - Goethe of me, tell him, he should hear my symphonies; he would then allow me to be fight in saying that Music is the only unembodied entrance into a higher sphere of knowledge, which possesses man, but he will never be able to possess it. — One must have rhythm in the mind, to comprehend music in its essential being; music gives presentiment, inspiration of heavenly knowledge, and that which the spirit feels sensual in it, is the embodying of spiritual knowledge. — Although the Spirits live upon...
Página 214 - Knowledge; the firmly enclosed seed needs the moist, warm, electric3 soil to grow, think, express itself. Music is the electric soil, in which the spirit lives, thinks, invents. Philosophy is the precipitation of its electric spirit, and its necessity, which will ground every thing upon a first principle, is supplied by music; and although the spirit be not master of that which it creates through music, yet is it blessed in this creation; in this manner too is every creation of art, independent,...
Página 185 - ... brilliant qualities ; all his students swarm about him ; there is not one who does not feel the conviction, that in the great teacher he also loses his benefactor. Most of the professors, too, love him, particularly the theological ones. Sailer is certainly his best friend. " The swarm of students leaves no more the house, now that Savigny's departure is fixed for a few days hence: they are just gone past my door with wine and a great ham, to be consumed at the packing up. I had presented them...

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