The Music of David Salminen

Archive for March, 2016

re-discovered: music & the universe

… While doing a little home re-organization, I re-discovered in one of my old boxes of notebooks the following quotation… “Music is a sacred art, a pathway of life through a living universe, merging East & West, heaven & earth, addressed not to the snobbish few but to all people as an inspiration in their journey through the universe.” I’d attributed the quote to the American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000)  – but without a citation as to where it came from. And it is so parallel to my own philosophy of music that I must wonder if I simply dreamed it up one night, rather than read it somewhere. Or maybe Hovhaness has been more of an influence on me & my own musical work than I have consciously remembered, before now. His music is really wonderful:


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