To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
They tell me Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
You can't possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven's Seventh and go slow. (Oscar trying to talk his way out of a speeding ticket)
Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First to discourage the composer from writing any more and secondly to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
The only love affair I have ever had was with music.
My music is best understood by children and animals.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
A musicologist is a man who can read music but cannot hear it.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
What is best in music is not to be found in the notes.
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
I've outdone anyone you can name - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
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