I came across this quote recently; it comes from Book III of Benjamin Jowett’s translation of Plato‘s Republic. It speaks to the fraternity of musicians, and, of course, the fraternity of pipers. It makes a person feel good about a lifetime study of music. Like a perfectly tuned low A against a vintage set of sonorous MacDougalls: it resonates:
“And therefore, I said, Glaucon [Socrate’s friend, with whom he is conversing], musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul, on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the soul of him who is rightfully educated graceful, or of him who is ill-educated ungraceful; and also because he who has received this true education of the inner being will most shrewdly perceive omissions or faults in art and nature, and with a true taste, while he praises and rejoices over and receives into his soul the good, and becomes noble and good, he will justly blame and hate the bad, now in the days of his youth, even before he is able to know the reason why; and when reason comes he will recognize and salute the friend with whom his education has made him long familiar.”
Just a few poncie words for another cold February day.
Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.