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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 5:00 am | Updated: 9:39 am, Mon Jul 29, 2013.

Oscar Wilde does not appear to have been very closely attached to music. He was more drawn to the literary and visual arts, and when he wrote about music, it was usually in a vague way, the allusion often supporting what is really a description of another art form, or perhaps supporting nothing more than a witticism. For example, in his fictional dialogue “The Decay of Lying: An Observation,” he declares that Dramatic Art provided her practitioners with “a language full of resonant music and sweet rhythm, made stately by solemn cadence, or made delicate by fanciful rhyme, jewelled with wonderful words, and enriched with lofty diction”— which says perhaps something about drama but nothing about music.

His most memorable pronouncements on the subject appear in another dialogue, “The Critic as Artist: With Some Remarks Upon the Importance of Doing Nothing,” which includes this exchange between his invented characters Gilbert and Ernest:

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