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The cleansing power of music

Each art endeavors to isolate itself, to remain independent of all others. But a play without music is like a feast without wine. Music cleanses the soul from the dust and dross of every day life and seems to say to every one: ‘You are no longer in your office, in the barracks, or in the workshop.’

— Berthold Auerbach, On The Heights

Auerbach Berthold (1875) On the Heights, Translation by Simon Adler Stern. Henry Holt and Company, New York. Volume 1, page 212. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101067641496&view=1up&seq=7, accessed 30 August 2021

By Greg

Australian composer and pianist