I can only think of music as something inherent in every human being – a birthright. Music coordinates mind, body and spirit.
— Yheudi Menuhin
Yehudi Menuhin (1916 – 1999) was an American-born violinist, conductor, and writer. His international performances, recordings, and prolific letters, articles, and speeches, made him a household name, and established his reputation as one of the finest musicians of the 20th century.
“Music creates order out of chaos; for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.”
“…Why is compassion not part of our established curriculum, an inherent part of our education? Compassion, awe, wonder, curiosity, exaltation, humility – these are the very foundation of any real civilisation, no longer the prerogatives, the preserves of any one church, but belonging to everyone, every child in every school.”
“The violin, through the serene clarity of its song, helps to keep our bearings in the storm, as a light in the night, a compass in the tempest, it shows us a way to a haven of sincerity and respect.”