Music is richer than words

“If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would, of course, use a verbal expression. Music is something autonomous and much richer. Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music.”

Jean Sibelius, in an interview with Berlingske Tidende, 10th June 1919.

Cited at: www.sibelius.fi [accessed 31 Mar 2010]