Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that's not what I play. I play black classical music.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
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.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
I was born out of classical music.
I've outdone anyone you can name - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
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.
A musicologist is a man who can read music but cannot hear it.
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?
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.
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.
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.
My music is best understood by children and animals.
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.
Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.
If classical music is the state of the art, then the arts are in a sad state.
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