maple seed

The hopeful beauty of things is not always, or even usually, before us. It may sometimes be completely forgotten in the tedium of each day, or in the sharp pains of human miscommunication and malice, or in the sufferings of injury, depression, or illness. Music can console precisely because it recalls to us the harmony, the sensibleness of things. What we want is to trust that, in the end, everything is okay, and that, at bottom, things are meaningful. What is music but a mysterious hint that this is the case?

For Dvořák, music was a way of knitting our souls back together with the world and God.