„I write music, it's performed. It can be heard, and whoever wants to hear it will. After all, my music says it all. It doesn't need historical and hysterical commentaries. In the long run, any words about music are less important than the music.“

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Testimony (1979)

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Dmitri Shostakovich32
Russian composer and pianist 1906 - 1975

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„One could say my life itself has been one long soundtrack. Music was my life, music brought me to life, and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz playing in my head that only I can hear.“

—  Maurice Jarre French composer 1924 - 2009

This quote was actually crafted by University College Dublin student Shane Fitzgerald. Shortly after Jarre's death, Fitzgerald uploaded https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Maurice_Jarre&type=revision&diff=280558491&oldid=280527998 the false quote to Wikipedia to test "how our globalised, increasingly internet-dependent media was upholding accuracy and accountability in an age of instant news," according to the Associated Press. "The sociology major's made-up quote…flew straight on to dozens of US blogs and newspaper websites in Britain, Australia and India. They used the fabricated material, Fitzgerald said, even though administrators at the free online encyclopedia quickly caught the quote's lack of attribution and removed it, but not quickly enough to keep some journalists from cutting and pasting it first. A full month went by and nobody noticed the editorial fraud. So Fitzgerald told several media outlets in an email and the corrections began." The Guardian and The Herald "are among the only publications to make a public mea culpa," the Associated Press continues. See " Student hoaxes world's media with fake Wiki quote http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/web/student-hoaxes-worlds-media-with-fake-wiki-quote/2009/05/12/1241893953955.html," The Sydney Morning Herald (12 May 2009).

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„The music in my heart I bore
Long after it was heard no more.“

—  William Wordsworth English Romantic poet 1770 - 1850

Source: Great Narrative Poems Of The Romantic Age

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„music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but
you are the music
While the music lasts.“

—  T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965

Source: Collected Poems, 1909-1962

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„There is music in words, and it can be heard you know, by thinking.“

—  E.L. Doctorow, book Homer & Langley

Source: Homer & Langley

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„Music is all about wanting to be better at it.“

—  Geddy Lee vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush 1953

Global Bass interview (2000)

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„For myself I know that, as long as I can summarize my experience in words, I would certainly not make any music about it.“

—  Gustav Mahler late-Romantic Austrian composer 1860 - 1911

Ich weiß für mich, daß ich, solang ich mein Erlebnis in Worten zusammenfassen kann, gewiß keine Musik hierüber machen würde.
Letter to Max Marschalk (26 March 1896). Original German text cited from: Blaukopf, Herta (ed.). Gustav Mahler. Briefe. 2nd edition. Zsolnay, Vienna 1996, ISBN 3-552-04810-3, p. 171.
Variant: If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.

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„Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;“

—  Conrad Aiken American novelist and poet 1889 - 1973

I, This section is also known as "Bread and Music"
Discordants (1916)
Context: Music I heard with you was more than music,
And bread I broke with you was more than bread;
Now that I am without you, all is desolate;
All that was once so beautiful is dead.

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„All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.“

—  Louis Armstrong American jazz trumpeter, composer and singer 1901 - 1971

Variant: All music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.

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„If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would, of course, use a verbal expression. Music is something autonomous and much richer. Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music.“

—  Jean Sibelius Finnish composer of the late Romantic period 1865 - 1957

Interview with Berlingske Tidende, June 10, 1919. http://www.sibelius.fi/english/omin_sanoin/ominsanoin_16.htm

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„I hear in my mind
All these voices
I hear in my mind all these words
I hear in my mind all this music
And it breaks my heart
It breaks my heart…“

—  Regina Spektor American singer-songwriter and pianist 1980

Begin to Hope (2006)
Context: I never loved nobody fully
Always one foot on the ground
And by protecting my heart truly
I got lost in the sounds
I hear in my mind
All these voices
I hear in my mind all these words
I hear in my mind all this music
And it breaks my heart
It breaks my heart...

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„Vangelis has been writing and performing electronic music for three decades and suggests that it is perhaps the only genre - with the exception of "pure" classical music - that can comunicate universally.“

—  Vangelis Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music 1943

Vangelis Prepares For Blastoff On Musical Mission To Mars
Maria Paravantes
August 25, 2001

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„I call my music the healing music… It makes the blind feel that they can see, the lame feel that they can walk, the deaf and dumb that they can hear and talk.“

—  Little Richard American pianist, singer and songwriter 1932

Pop Chronicles: Show 5 - Hail, Hail, Rock 'n' Roll: The rock revolution gets underway. (Part 1) https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19751/m1/#track/6, interview recorded 1.2.1968 http://web.archive.org/web/20110615153027/http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/john-gilliland/o-s.

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„Music first of all and after you.“

—  Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983

From the Aphorisms http://www.prevale.net/aphorisms.html page of the official website of Prevale
Original: (it) La musica prima di tutto e dopo di te.

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„Music is not a hobby, not even a passion with me; music is me. I feel what people get out of me is this outlook on life, which comes out in my music. My music is the last expression of all that.“

—  Arthur Rubinstein Polish-American classical pianist 1887 - 1982

John Guinn (December 22, 1982) "Rubinstein Was His Music", Detroit Free Press, p. 8D.

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