The pleasure we obtain from music comes from counting, but counting unconsciously. Music is nothing but unconscious arithmetic.
Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play.
There is no truer truth obtainable by Man than comes of music
The joy of music should never be interrupted by a commercial.
The saxophone is actually a translation of the human voice, in my conception. All you can do is play melody. No matter how complicated it gets, it's still a melody.
My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
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.
Music can noble hints impart, Engender fury, kindle love, With unsuspected eloquence can move, And manage all the man with secret art.
My whole trick is to keep the tune well out in front. If I play Tchaikovsky, I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggle.
No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.
And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares, that infest the day, Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, and silently steal away.
There is music in all things, if men had ears.
You are the music while the music lasts.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
Music is my mistress and she plays second fiddle to no one.
If one plays good music, people don't listen and if one plays bad music people don't talk.
The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides.
It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible.
Music is the universal language of mankind.
Music that gentlier on the spirit lies, Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes.
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)
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.
It's taken me all my life to learn what not to play.
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.
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