Music, being identical with heaven, isn't a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It's a condition of eternity.

— Gustav Holst

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The enormity of the universe revealed by science cannot readily be grasped by the human brain, but the music of The Planets enables the mind to acquire some comprehension of the vastness of space where rational understanding fails.


I’ve learned what ‘classical’ means.

It means something that sings and dances through sheer joy of existence.


Never compose anything unless the not composing of it becomes a positive nuisance to you.


There is no room in music for the second-rate - it might just as well be the nineteenth-rate.


One of the advantages of being over forty is that one begins to learn the difference between knowing and realising.


Music-making as a means of getting money is hell


Always ask for advice but never take it.


The Heavenly Spheres make music for us, The Holy Twelve dance with us, All things join in the dance! Ye who dance not, know not what we are knowing.


Failure is the most important part of an artist's training, and one you cannot afford to do without.