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Music stands alone among the arts as the creation of man's intellect. It is the sole aim of the painter and of the sculptor to reproduce in idealized forms what he sees around him, and of the poet to give form and color to what he sees within as well as without him. In each case the artist seeks to express by means of his art that which already existed for him. The paint�er gazes out upon a world of color and form; he sees before him all that his art would reproduce. It is only as he sees nature truly and reproduces her conscientiously that he is great. It is impossible to see truly without imagination, or to produce faithfully
without technical skill, and it is necessary, in ordei to be a worthy interpreter of God, that a man should be honest, earnest, and reverent. If he seek to imitate even nature servilely, he must fail. In purely human creations it is only the man who catches the fire, essence, and beauty of another man's thought who can truly translate his work. A mere rendering of word for word is not translation. In just the same way the spirit of that beauty which has been spread so lavishly over the world must be taken into the artist's soul; it must be assimilated and made part of his very being, and then given out again as a living
From "Songs of Our Youth." Miss Muloch. Carl Matz arr.
work, re-created by the love which has given form to the thought in its first inception, and developed under the brooding meditation and patient study by which every thought worth the having is perfected. But even here the work is not creative. We see the paint�er reaching forth, by his genius, taking the evanes�cent beauty which is lying around him, and making it permanent, bringing this far-away loveliness down to our household and every-day uses. The sculptor, too, crystallizes by his art into permanent forms the
fleeting beauty around him. Poetry, which is more nearly akin to music than any other of the arts, and which undoubtedly stands higher in the scale, differs from it widely in this respect. The world of imagina-tion from which the poet draws must be present to him in order that he may reproduce it, or he will be a versifier, not a poet. But music stands apart from these; it seems a distinct creation, for it really reproduces nothing which previously existed either in the world of sense or of thought___Mrs. Herrick.
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