Quotes about music

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„Music is something everyone on Earth can share. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.“

—  Ariana Grande American singer-songwriter 1993

Twitter statement on the Manchester terrorist attack https://twitter.com/ArianaGrande/status/868164986887176192 (26 May 2017)

Citát „When words leave off, music begins.“
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„When words leave off, music begins.“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856

As quoted in Peter's Quotations : Ideas for Our Time (1977) by Laurence J. Peter, p. 343

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„Nothing is more difficult than talking about music: if it is a prickly business for musicians, it is almost impossible for anyone else—the strongest, subtlest minds go astray.“

—  Camille Saint-Saëns French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist of the Romantic era 1835 - 1921

“L’illusion wagnérienne”, Portraits et souvenirs, Société d’édition artistique, 1899, 206‒220

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„I just witnessed an old woman wearing joker make-up and jamming hard to music as she drove her convertible. Yes, I just saw my future.“

—  Chris Colfer actor, singer, book author 1990

Personal Quotes 2009–2012
Source: https://twitter.com/chriscolfer, Chris Colfer's personal twitter account.

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„Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.“

—  Axel Munthe Swedish physician 1857 - 1949

Source: supanet.com/find/famous-quotes-by/axel-munthe/a-man-can-stand-a-lot-as-fqb50991/

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„All innovators, logically speaking, have been Futurists in relation to their time. Palestrina would have thought that Bach was crazy, and Bach would have thought Beethoven the same, and Beethoven would have thought Wagner equally so.
Rossini liked to boast that he had finally understood the music of Wagner—by reading it backward; Verdi, after listening to the overture to Tannhäuser, wrote to a friend that Wagner was mad.
So we stand at the window of a glorious mental hospital, even while we unhesitatingly declare that counterpoint and the fugue, which even today are still considered the most important branches of musical instruction…“

—  Francesco Balilla Pratella Italian composer 1880 - 1955

Original text:
Tutti gli innovatori sono stati logicamente futuristi, in relazione ai loro tempi. Palestrina avrebbe giudicato pazzo Bach, e così Bach avrebbe giudicato Beethoven, e così Beethoven avrebbe giudicato Wagner.
Rossini si vantava di aver finalmente capito la musica di Wagner leggendola a rovescio! Verdi, dopo un’audizione dell’ouverture del Tannhäuser, in una lettera a un suo amico chiamava Wagner matto.
Siamo dunque alla finestra di un manicomio glorioso, mentre dichiariamo, senza esitare, che il contrappunto e la fuga, ancor oggi considerati come il ramo più importante dell’insegnamento musicale...
Source: Technical Manifesto of Futurist Music (1911), p. 80

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„When I was coming up, trying to get to where I am now, people were so happy for me. They were rooting for me. Now that I'm on top, everyone wants to bring me down. Everyone's trying to tug at me and take my spot… A lot of people say they hate Justin Bieber who haven't even listened to my music. They just hate the idea of me.“

—  Justin Bieber Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor 1994

Interview with V Magazine, as quoted in UsMagazine: Justin Bieber Talks Sex, Drugs and Turning 18 http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/justin-bieber-talks-sex-drugs-and-turning-18-2012101, January 2012

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„I want to grow as an artist and I'm taking a step out, I want my music to mature.“

—  Justin Bieber Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor 1994

Radio interview to Power 106, as quoted in Daily Mail, 'I'm retiring man': Justin Bieber announces that he's quitting his career as a singer during interview on national radio http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2525612/Justin-Bieber-announces-hes-quitting-career-singer-interview-national-radio.html, 18 December, 2013

„Music requires active cooperation by the hearer.“

—  Walter Raymond Spalding American music pedagogue and author 1865 - 1962

Music: An Art and a Language (1920), Preface

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„Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school?
Are the people inside the school musical and the ones outside unmusical?“

—  John Cage American avant-garde composer 1912 - 1992

"Communication", the third of the Composition as a Process lectures, John Cage gave in Darmstadt in 1958 and published in Silence.
1950s

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„She helped me feel like I could take risks with the music, which you’re often told not to do. When you watch her, you see that it makes a difference. From now on, I am not going to be afraid to individualize my performances to the max. I won’t be afraid of liberties, if the score permits them. I know I can do it.“

—  Megan Marie Hart American opera singer 1983

on Marilyn Horne's influence; 2005, as quoted by Zachary Lewis https://solokeyboard.typepad.com/Music2005Final.doc and edited into the Oberlin Review article The Marilyn Horne Experience http://www2.oberlin.edu/con/connews/2006/of_note.html#3

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