Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.— Victor Hugo
Eye-opening Classical Music quotations
At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music.
What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch?
One of the problems that we face through the media attention that these artists receive is that there has been an awful lot of talk about opera and classical music being elite and being for an elitist group.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
To sing is to pray twice.
Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
With the Stray Cats at least, we really took the music somewhere else.
First, we wrote our own songs. That's a real weak point in modern classics if you do rockabilly or blues.
I did not care for Wagner. My tastes are more classical. Der Fuhrer had no musical taste and liked Wagner because of the bombastic Teutonic glories.
I still the love classic period, but also the baroque period, and even 17th-Century music such as the music of Monteverdi. He's one of the greatest opera composers. He was the one who really started the opera.
What is best in music is not to be found in the notes.
Dance every performance as if it were your last.
I’ve learned what ‘classical’ means.
It means something that sings and dances through sheer joy of existence.
I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
Yeah, I always listen to both classic and newer folk-influenced music.
Singer-songwriter, alternative music. I also listen to more experimental dance music.
I am a classical music lover - not necessarily the contemporary stuff, but the old stuff.
I love classic rock, rock and roll, that's the top notch. I love soul - bluesy music as well.
It's meant to reaffirm the validity of that music - clean, minimalist, honest, classic music.
I have a very varied taste in music. Everything from rap to classical to Latino to Rat Pack to jazz.
I've always been heavily influenced by classical music, mostly by baroque music.
I see friends who are in different genres of music, and they say they're so burnt playing the same stuff every night. That's why you see a country act wanting to go out and play an old classic rock song. But what cracks me up is that they all want to be Jimmy Buffett. I can't figure that out.
Violin for me is a great instrument because you can use it as a rhythmical instrument and also as a melodic instrument. ... You can pretty much do everything with the violin. Sometimes I feel classical music limits the violin.
When I'm 40, too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music.
I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about... Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line
I had to listen to the classical music because it calms me down, calms my nerves down.
I can always invent movement, and sometimes it can be fitted into the right place, but that is not choreography. It is the music that dictates the whole shape of the work. I do not believe in the permanence of anything in ballet save the purely classical.
You always have to be diplomatic with music, with classical, with whatever you do.
I had a lot of classical influences. I had classical music and opera and literature, but I also liked sleaze. And putting it together, sleaze and glamour, it just made sense to me.
Jazz will be the classical music of the future.
I'm not really involved with politics... I'm living in my cocoon with my classical music around.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
Classical music is far from boring - it has all the blood, energy, the sinister dark side, rhythm that rock music has, and all the refined, subtle sensuality that one can ask for
Many fail to realize this great recording industry was built by so-called jazz artists. And at the other end of the spectrum, a base in European classical music as well.
And what classical music does best and must always do more, is to show this kind of transformation of moods, to show a very wide psychological voyage. And I think that's something that we as classical musicians have underestimated.