Luther on music

“I am not satisfied with any man who despises music. For music is a gift of God. It will drive away the devil, and makes people cheerful. Occupied with it, man forgets all anger, unchastity, pride, and other vices. Next to theology, I give music the next place and highest praise.”

– Martin Luther

Cited in Hughes, Rupert (2004) The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, vol. II. Project Guttenburg. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/11419. Accessed 13 March 2016.