Re: A quote from Leonard Bernstein
- Subject: Re: A quote from Leonard Bernstein
I think there are many
musicians who lead a worldly
life, but in their hearts they
know the divine significance
of music. The instant rapport
they feel with Sri Chinmoy
stems from this shared
Leonard Bernstein was a great
composer whose music moved a
lot of people. I confess I
don't like it as much as Bach
or Beethoven, but to
paraphrase a famous line from
On The Waterfront: "He could
have been a contender."
(Personal opinion only!)
In his dialogues wth Sri
Chinmoy on music and
"I think the secret is what you said about not a fleeting second. The
secret of music is that it makes time stop. We are all prisoners of
clock time: "I have to be at my job" or "I have to see my wife" or "I
promised I would be there at eight o'clock and it's now that time."
What music does is release you from that, so that you can be in the
time of the music. And though it may last 35 minutes or 65 minutes,
it's an eternity because within the dimensions of each composition
there exists an eternal time, which is the time of that composition.
Even if it's a little piece like the "Marriage of Figaro Overture,"
which is four minutes, while you are listening to that Overture, you
are in cosmic time. It could be the equivalent of four years of
experience--a lifetime! And if it's "Tristan and Isolde," which is four
and a half hours plus intermissions, then that's another kind of
lifetime that you live during the duration of the music. Some kinds of
time cannot be counted. It's neither hours nor minutes nor seconds, but
the time that is expressed by the genius who wrote the music: Mozart,
Wagner, Stravinski or whoever it is. And it's a great privilege to live
in that piece of time--to exist within that piece of music forever. It
is a privilege like being with Sri Chinmoy. It is timeless, whatever
the duration of the work is. While in this world, you don't have to
make an appointment. You don't have to rush. You just listen for the
next inevitable note or chord or pause. Those of us who are musical are
privileged to have that experience. "
I'm still waiting for a production of West Side Story put on by
students of Sri Chinmoy. Just picture Sandesh, Priyadarshan and Suchana
singing "We like it here in America."
Then there's this little ditty from Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" (1971):
"God said, Let there be gnats
Let there be sprats to gobble the gnats
So that the sprats may nourish the rats
Making them fat, fine food for the cats
And they grew fat, brother
And they grew fat, brother..."
Not quite "Gloria en excelsis Deo", but good for a laugh!
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, morrisklein27 <
> "In the beginning was the Note, and the note was with God; and
> whosoever can reach for that Note, reach high, and bring it
> back to us on earth...and to the extent of his reach, partakes
> of the divine."
> I think this quote from Leonard Bernstein, about the role of a
> composer, describes Sri Chinmoy's music perfectly.
> I have always loved Leonard Bernstein's music very much. I
> particularly like his sympathy for the so-called "common man"
> and the way he glorifies the suffering and the sacrifices that
> people make for each other.
> I guess it's no wonder that Sri Chinmoy and Leonard Bernstein
> developed such a rich, warm and long-lasting friendship.