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Topic: Musicians Quotes - Famous Quotes by Musicians and Composers
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Music can name the unnameable and communicate the knowable.
Leonard Bernstein

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
Johannes Brahms

Music is an outburst of the soul.
Frederick Delius

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
Johann Sebastian Bach

A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
Leopold Stokowski

This will be our response to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully and more devotedly than ever before.
Leonard Bernstein

What is best in music is not to be found within the notes.
Gustav Mahler

Mr. Wagner has beautiful moments but bad quarters of an hour.
Gioacchino Rossini

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
Elvis Presley

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
Igor Stravinsky

Any great work of art…revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world - the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.
Leonard Bernstein

I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
Leonard Bernstein

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another…and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.
Leonard Bernstein

It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness of pain: of strength and freedom. The beauty of disappointment and never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature and everlasting beauty of monotony.
Benjamin Britten

Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpoints to hack post-horses.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame. I simply follow my own feelings.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

When I speak of the gifted listener, I am thinking of the non-musician primarily, of the listener who intends to retain his amateur status. It is the thought of just such a listener that excites the composer in me.
Aaron Copland

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, Is there a meaning to music? My answer would be, 'Yes.' And Can you state in so many words what the meaning is? My answer to that would be, 'No.'
Aaron Copland

A song has a few rights the same as ordinary citizens... if it happens to feel like flying where humans cannot fly... to scale mountains that are not there, who shall stop it?
Charles Ives

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Gustav Mahler

Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.
Puccini

To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Robert Schumann

I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it.
Igor Stravinsky

The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.
Igor Stravinsky

The advice I am giving always to all my students is above all to study the music profoundly... music is like the ocean, and the instruments are little or bigger islands, very beautiful for the flowers and trees...
Andre Segovia

Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
Ludwig van Beethoven

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.
Charlie Parker

Musical compositions, it should be remembered, do not inhabit certain countries, certain museums, like paintings and statues. The Mozart Quintet is not shut up in Salzburg: I have it in my pocket.
Henri Rabaud

If anyone has conducted a Beethoven performance, and then doesn't have to go to an osteopath, then there's something wrong.
Simon Rattle

Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all.
Helmut Walcha

You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow.
Oscar Levant
Explaining his way out of a speeding ticket.

A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
Benny Green

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!
Artur Schnabel
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