Music expresses that which cannot be put into words.— Victor Hugo
Eye-opening Classical Music quotations
To sing is to pray twice.
Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music.
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.
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.
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?
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
When I'm 40, too old to be a rock star, I plan to go back to college to study classical music.
What is best in music is not to be found in the notes.
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.
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.
I have a very varied taste in music. Everything from rap to classical to Latino to Rat Pack to jazz.
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’ve learned what ‘classical’ means.
It means something that sings and dances through sheer joy of existence.
It's meant to reaffirm the validity of that music - clean, minimalist, honest, classic music.
I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
I am a classical music lover - not necessarily the contemporary stuff, but the old stuff.
I've always been heavily influenced by classical music, mostly by baroque music.
Yeah, I always listen to both classic and newer folk-influenced music.
Singer-songwriter, alternative music. I also listen to more experimental dance music.
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.
I love classic rock, rock and roll, that's the top notch. I love soul - bluesy music as well.
Dance every performance as if it were your last.
I have never heard enough classical music to be able to enjoy it;
& the simple truth is, I detest it. Not mildly, but will all my heart. To me an opera is the very climax & cap-stone of the absurd, the fantastic the unjustifiable. I hate the very name of opera - partly because of the nights of suffering I have endured in its presence, & partly because I want to love it and can't.
Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.
Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memories.
It's much easier for me to say that, the kind of music I didn't listen to was pretty much that. I mean everything, from jazz to classical to popular. And Tibetan horns were a great part of it in 1966, '67.
For me personally - because I do it myself - the scoring of a picture is fun.
I edit the picture and when I've finished I go into my room and I have many many records - jazz, classical and popular music. And I have this all at my disposal. I don't have to get a composer.
I was fairly poor but most of my money went for wine and classical music.
I loved to mix the two together.
There's no light at the end of the tunnel, there isn't even a tunnel.
The best thing I can do is get drunk and listen to classical music. Or sleep and wait for death to get closer. Leaving this will not be a horrible thing. Yet I'm glad, somehow, that I threw my words in the air: confetti, celebrating nothing.
I write right off the typer. I call it my "machinegun." I hit it hard, usually late at night while drinking wine and listening to classical music on the radio and smoking mangalore ganesh beedies.
My own musical background is based in the blues, and in classical composition.
I grew up listening to Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Beethoven and Bach.
If classical music is the state of the art, then the arts are in a sad state.
Classical musicians go to the conservatories, rock´n roll musicians go to the garages.
Classical music is this music that was written by a bunch of dead people a long time ago.
Classical music gradually lost popularity because it is too complicated: you need twenty-five or thirty skilled musicians just to hum it properly. So people began to develop regular music.
By the eighties, a lot of radio stations had started playing "Sixties" music.
They called it "Classic Rock," because they knew we'd be upset if they came right out and called it what it is, namely "middle-aged-person nostalgia music.
I enjoy all forms of music - pop, classical and opera.
Nature has given us two ears but only one mouth.
I like to stick with music I know I can play.
I love classical, but I don't think I could ever play it. I'm just not qualified.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
I listen to music when I write. I need the musical background. Classical music. I'm behind the times. I'm still with Baroque music, Gregorian chant, the requiems, and with the quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. That is what I need for the climate, for the surroundings, for the landscape: the music.