Quotes about music

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„Q: Everyone picks up a certain emotional vulnerability in your music.“

—  Chris Martin musician, co-founder of Coldplay 1977

Yeah, but I don’t think that’s just a feminine thing. All men are soft and vulnerable, as well. (...) I think we boys, we men, are actually much weaker and softer than we like to think. source http://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/chris-martin-the-rolling-stone-interview-190116

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„He who makes songs without feeling
Spoils both his words and his music.“

—  Guillaume de Machaut French poet and composer 1300 - 1377

Qui de sentement ne fait,
Son dit et son chant contrefait.
"Remede de Fortune", line 407; translation from Josiah Fisk and Jeff Nichols (eds.) Composers on Music (Boston, Northeastern University Press, 1997) p. 5.

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Citát „I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.“
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„Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us.“

—  Harper Lee, book To Kill a Mockingbird

Pt. 1, ch. 10
Atticus Finch & Maudie Atkinson
Source: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Context: "I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
“Your father's right," she said. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

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„Who hears music feels his solitude
Peopled at once.“

—  Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

Balaustion's Adventure, line 323 (1871).
Source: The complete poetical works of Browning

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„Give me the laundress' bill and I will set to music even that.“

—  Gioachino Rossini Italian composer 1792 - 1868

Datemi il conto della lavandaia e vi metterò in musica anche quello.
Indro Montanelli L'Italia giacobina e carbonara, Rizzoli, Milano 1972, p. 612.

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„Tiffani-Amber Thiessen thought we were all on blow…. Tori Spelling hung out with us backstage and gave us the lowdown. Brian Austin Green, kept telling us about his music. Ian Ziering was kind of a dick. Maybe he was having a bad day.“

—  Адам Левин singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer from the United States 1979

On being on Beverly Hills, 90210 when he was 17 in his band Kara's Flowers
Voss, Brandon (2007-05-22), "Adam Levine". Advocate. (986):25.

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„The most delightful of all music, that of your own praises.“

—  Xenophon, book Hiero

Hiero, ch. 3, as translated by Richard Graves in The Whole Works of Xenophon (1832) p. 626).

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„Formalism is music that people don’t understand at first hearing.“

—  Sergei Prokofiev Ukrainian & Russian Soviet pianist and composer 1891 - 1953

Quoted in Boris Schwarz Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia, 1917-1970 (1972) p. 115.

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