The soprano has all those other instruments in it. It's got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.

— Steve Lacy

Special Baritone quotations

No baritone player should be afraid of the noise it makes. Harry Carney isn't!

Opera is when a tenor and soprano want to make love, but are prevented from doing so by a baritone.

Of all natural forces, vitality is the incommunicable one.

. . . Vitality never "takes." You have it or you haven't it, like health or brown eyes or a baritone voice.

We praise Him, we bless Him, we adore Him, we glorify Him, and we wonder who is that baritone across the aisle and that pretty woman on our right who smells of apple blossoms. Our bowels stir and our cod itches and we amend our prayers for the spiritual life with the hope that it will not be too spiritual.

All music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments.

It is not the violins and the cornets-it is not the oboe nor the beating drums, nor the score of the baritone singer singing his sweet romanza-nor that of the women's chorus; it is nearer and farther than they.

On the Planet of Baritone women, they talk low.

When I was a young man, I was a baritone, very far from possessing the whole range of the tenor then.

I don't have that kind of voice, the big baritone or rousing tenor sound.

My wheelhouse was in the frothier pieces. So my appreciation for those older musicals and revivals grew.

But if you had asked him what his work was, he would look candidly and openly at you with his large bright eyes through his gold pincenez, and would answer in a soft, velvety, lisping baritone: "My work is literature."

In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.

When I discovered Gil Scott-Heron, I discovered a musical hero, a man who spoke baritone truth to power over jazzy funk at a time when funky music was primarily about shake, shake, shaking your booty.

All music is is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments.

When I was 9 years old, I wanted to be the baritone sax player in the Little Richard band.

I am not in the habit of taking baritones to supper.

Well, you know, the first step I took was to drop the alto and baritone and concentrate on tenor exclusively, a decision I've never really looked back on with any regret. Another thing was that I was 17 when I moved up there, and my listening had really focused on freer music in the previous couple of years- Coltrane was playing with his expanded group, and everyone was listening closely to that, and we were into Shepp and Ayler as well.

I played in the high school band. I was the one baritone saxophone out of 80 other people. No one could tell whether I was hittin the right notes or the wrong notes.

Of all natural forces, vitality is the incommunicable one.

Vitality never takes. You have it or you haven't it, like health or brown eyes or a baritone voice.

Because of her interest and demands, I amplified an average baritone voice into one that is loud and clear.

So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone.

The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing.

I wanted to be Gerry Mulligan, only, see, I didn't have any kind of technique.

So I thought, well, baritone sax is kind of easier; I can manage that - except I couldn't afford a baritone, so I bought an alto, which was the same fingering.

When I was a kid, I always saw these pictures of a man called Bob Gordon with a baritone saxophone, who I understood was my father. Turns out he wasn't. He was my mother's first husband.

I trained with a guy named Tito Gobbi, who was the Marlon Brando of the opera world. Tito Gobbi was the greatest singing baritone in the opera world and I studied in Florence, Firenze, with him. That was my first love, as it was Frank Sinatra's, oddly enough.

I wish I had a better range, but I really have a super-limited one.

Barely a tenor, dips into baritone - that's about it.

You know, that was the first time [with Any Winehouse] that I probably ever used a baritone sax. And it's certainly the texture that, you know - it's all over the record 'cause it's a nice compliment to her tone.

Sitting around home I mostly play acoustic.

I've got seven or eight guitars of various sorts, including a baritone. Sometimes at home, because a guitar is just lying around, that's the guitar I pick up rather than actually choosing something. I try to plan ahead for my laziness by leaving interesting things scattered about. If I leave a baritone guitar lying around, that's the one I'll pick up, and I'll start writing baritoney things.

When I was 19 I went to art school. I had six months of teaching myself to play baritone ukulele under my belt so I was sort of a novice folkie... I was singing folk songs at that time.

There're lots of musicians in my family, too.

My mother sings incredibly well. I've got to make a record with my mother's voice on it. She sings a lyric soprano. We do the opposite. I'm a baritone. She's a star singer in her church. She always does her solo.

Please God, we're all right here. Please leave us alone. Don't send death in his fat red suit and his ho-ho baritone.

Consider the number of young people all over the world who are getting married, day in and day out, for no other reason than thatsomeone of the opposite sex looks well in a green jersey or sings baritone, and then tell me that divorce has reached menacing proportions. The surface of divorce has not even been scratched yet.

I never felt like that in my life. I didn't know human beings played these instruments. I heard them in Chicago and Louisville and St. Louis all my life, you know? But I didn't know human beings played them, you know? So the next day I went to Coontz Junior High School and I started on sousaphone, tuba, B-flat baritone, E-flat alto, French horn, trombone.

I'm a baritone. Baritones don't mature until late.

I would think, of all the saxophones, the baritone would be the most logical instrument if anybody was adding a voice to the symphony orchestra.

For years The National has been labeled as a gloomy kind of rock bandI think mostly because of Matt’s deep baritone voice, which even if he is singing about unicorns and butterflies, he just sounds sad most of the time.