„Music's exclusive function is to structure the flow of time and keep order in it.“

—  Igor Stravinskij, Quoted by Géza Szamosi, The Twin Dimensions: Inventing Time and Space (New York, 1986), p. 232.
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Time, beckoning me
Who knows when we shall meet again
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But time
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—  Alan Parsons audio engineer, musician, and record producer from England 1948
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—  Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973
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„Everything on this planet has something to do with music. Music functions in the realm of sculptured air.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
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„I see the tasks of social sciences to discover what kinds of order actually do exist in the whole range of the behavior of human beings; what kind of functional relationships between different parts of culture exist in space and over time, and what functionally more useful kinds of order can be created.“

—  Robert Staughton Lynd American sociologist 1892 - 1970
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„The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.“

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