To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
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)
They tell me Wagner's music is better than it sounds.
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
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.
A musicologist is a man who can read music but cannot hear it.
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.
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.
My music is best understood by children and animals.
The only love affair I have ever had was with music.
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?
What is best in music is not to be found in the notes.
Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
I've outdone anyone you can name - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500.
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.
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.
All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
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