“In a certain sense we all listen to music on three separate planes. For a lack of a better terminology, one might mean these: (1) the sensuous plane, (2) the expressive plane, (3) the sheerly musical plane… the simplest way of listening to music is to listen for the sheer pleasure of the musical sound itself. That is the sensuous plane. It is the plane on which we hear music without thinking, without considering it in any way. One turns on the radio while doing something else and absentmindedly bathes in the sound….
You may be sitting in a room reading this book. Imagine one note struck on the piano. Immediately that one note is enough to change the atmosphere of the room – proving that the sound elements in music is a powerful and mysterious agent….”(What to Listen for in Music, p. 9-10)