mfox04:

For Taimur:
“The ancient musicians were for the most part very fine poets or very great philosophers who did not think so much like the moderns do, about teasing the ears, as much about impressing on the intellect, the most noble part of man, according to the subject, cheerfulness, pain, or other passion. This happened because musicians followed the verses of the poet with respect to rhythm and accompanies them by the sound of the voice and instrument with such dexterity and sweetness that no word of the poem was lost.” Giovanni Bardi, Discourse on how Tragedy should be Performed, ca. 1589.

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