95 Melody And Harmony Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of melody and harmony quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about harmony in music.

Melody and harmony quote
Inspirational melody and harmony quote

The Most Famous Melody And Harmony Quotes (Best in 2024)

Go to table of contents

Text first, rhythm second, melody third. — Claudio Monteverdi

There's nothing prettier in the world than a melody. I can get lost in a song with a melody. — George Jones

Its a combination of melody and lyrics, not one without the other. Its a confluence of these different elements that makes something powerful. — Michael Bolton

If only the whole world could feel the power of harmony. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Melody and harmony quote

Harmony is pure love, for love is a concerto. — Lope de Vega

In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance. — Franz Liszt

To me, the harmonica is like a voice. — Charlie Musselwhite

Emotions of any kind can be evoked by melody and rhythm; therefore music has the power to form character. — Aristotle

Melody and harmony quote

Harmony is next to Godliness — Johann Sebastian Bach

Every soul is a melody which needs renewing. — Stephane Mallarme

Melody Quotes

Go to table of contents

In string theory, all particles are vibrations on a tiny rubber band; physics is the harmonies on the string; chemistry is the melodies we play on vibrating strings; the universe is a symphony of strings, and the "Mind of God" is cosmic music resonating in 11 dimensional hyperspace. — Michio Kaku

The only thing that I miss lately in all music is somebody that will put out a melody that you can whistle. It doesn't seem like there's anything happening like that. — Merle Haggard

Sometimes I need to reject the music proposed for my songs because the musicians misunderstand that the Fanny Crosby who once wrote for the people in the saloons has merely changed the lyrics. Oh my no. The church must never sing it's songs to the melodies of the world. — Fanny Crosby

Melody and harmony quote Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

What is the universe? The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings...we are nothing but melodies. We are nothing but cosmic music played out on vibrating strings and membranes. — Michio Kaku

Melody and harmony quote

Silence is a profound melody, for those who can hear it above all the noise. — Socrates

I want to be a tuneswept fiddle string that feels the master melody, and snaps. — Amedeo Modigliani

Melody and harmony quote

The song is ended, but the melody lingers on. — Irving Berlin

Melody and harmony quote

I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things. — Tom Waits

Life's piano can only produce melodies of brotherhood (and sisterhood) when it is recognized that the black keys are as basic, necessary and beautiful as the white keys. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Country music to me is heartfelt music that speaks to the common man. It is about real life stories with rather simple melodies that the average person can follow. Country music should speak directly and simply about the highs and lows of life. Something that anyone can relate to. — George Jones

Harmony In Music Quotes

Go to table of contents

The heart is like a musical instrument of many strings, all the chords of which require putting in harmony. — Saadi Shirazi

Melody and harmony quote

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words. — Victor Hugo

Nothing exists without music, for the universe itself is said to have been framed by a kind of harmony of sounds, and the heaven itself revolves under the tone of that harmony. — Isidore of Seville

Melody and harmony quote You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.
You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note.

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. — Eva Burrows

Melody and harmony are like lines and colors in pictures. A simple linear picture may be completely beautiful; the introduction of color may make it vague and insignificant. Yet color may, by combination with lines, create great pictures, so long as it does not smother and destroy their value. — Rabindranath Tagore

The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord. — Abdu'l-Bahá

Melody and harmony quote Love is the harmony of two souls singing together.
Love is the harmony of two souls singing together.

Music has to be recognized as an…agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values - solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community and to express sublime feelings. — Jose Antonio Abreu

The power of nature is what all art strives to be. The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship. — Rick Rubin

Music is expression of harmony in sound. Love is the expression of harmony in life. — Stephen Gaskin

In noise can be read the codes of life, the relations among men. Clamour, Melody, Dissonance, Harmony; when it is fashioned by man with specific tools, when it invades man’s time, when it becomes sound, noise is the source of the purpose and power, of the dream – Music. — Jacques Attali

Music Melody Quotes

Go to table of contents

After all my years of doing instrumental music I still like just a simple instrumental song with a nice catchy melody and an opportunity to play a solo over a harmonic structure. — Stanley Clarke

Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up. — Hans Christian Andersen

Musically I try to connect a common bridge between such exhilarating feelings as performing at the Acropolis, to the emotions each and every one of us feel everyday. In the end, a good melody will always stand the test of time. — Bradley Joseph

Melody and harmony quote Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony
Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony, and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven toward these things with an irresistible momentum.

Melody is the essence of music. I compare a good melodist to a fine racer, and counterpointists to hack post-horses; therefore be advised, let well alone and remember the old Italian proverb: Chi sa più, meno sa— Who knows most, knows least. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Melody and harmony quote

Music is the soundtrack to life. It plays the melody of our being. — Michael Jackson

Folk melodies are the embodiment of an artistic perfection of the highest order; in fact, they are models of the way in which a musical idea can be expressed with utmost perfection in terms of brevity of form and simplicity of means. — Bela Bartok

I have never doubted the importance of melody. I like melody very much, and I consider it the most important element in music, and I labour many years on the improvement of its quality in my compositions. — Sergei Prokofiev

I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs. — Gary Cherone

Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life. — B.K.S. Iyengar

music is not technique and melody, but the meaning of life itself, infinitely sorrowful and unbearably beautiful. — Pearl S. Buck

Harmony Quotes

Go to table of contents

Melody and harmony quote

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. — Mahatma Gandhi

The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence. — Rabindranath Tagore

Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. — Albert Einstein

The aim of life is no more to control the mind, but to develop it harmoniously; not to achieve salvation here after, but to make the best use of it here below — Bhagat Singh

I believe it to be the duty of everyone to unite in the restoration of the country and the reestablishment of peace and harmony. — Robert E. Lee

The material of typography is the black, and it is the designer’s task with the help of this black to capture space, to create harmonious whites inside the letters as well as between them. — Adrian Frutiger

A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself — Maya Angelou

Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him. — Hudson Taylor

Aurora hail, and all the thousand dies, Which deck thy progress through the vaulted skies: The morn awakes, and wide extends her rays, On ev'ry leaf the gentle zephyr plays; Harmonious lays the feather'd race resume, Dart the bright eye, and shake the painted plume. — Phillis Wheatley

Melody and harmony quote

He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. — Marcus Aurelius

People Writing About Melody And Harmony

Go to table of contents

Name Quotes Likes
Read quotes by George Jones

George Jones
quotes on music

38 797
Read quotes by Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton
quotes on life, leadership and love

42 200
Read quotes by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
quotes on love, life and wolves

78 3691
Read quotes by Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega

14 132
Read quotes by Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt
quotes on music

48 949
Read quotes by Aristotle

quotes on life, love and success

1252 18854

More Melody And Harmony Quotes

Go to table of contents

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme, as their real subject. Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully. — Johannes Brahms

Music creates order out of chaos. — Yehudi Menuhin

Pythagoras based musical education in the first place on certain melodies and rhythm that exercised a healing, a purifying influence on the human actions and passions, restoring 'Pristine Harmony' of the souls' faculties. He applied the same means to the curing of diseases of both body and mind. — Porphyry

You can study orchestration, you can study harmony and theory and everything else, but melodies come straight from God. — Quincy Jones

I'd been getting bored with the stereotyped changes (harmonies) that were being used all the time. I found that by using the higher intervals of a chord as a melody line and backing them with appropriately related changes I could play the thing I'd been hearing. I came alive. — Charlie Parker

I play until my fingers are blue and stiff from the cold, and then I keep on playing. Until I'm lost in the music. Until I am the music--notes and chords, the melody and harmony. It hurts, but it's okay because when I'm the music, I'm not me. Not sad. Not afraid. Not desperate. Not guilty. — Jennifer Donnelly

Our bodies like rhythm and our brains like melody and harmony. — Daniel Levitin

And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world. — Pete Seeger

The music masters familiarize children's minds with rhythms and melodies, thus making them more civilized, more balanced, better adjusted in themselves, and more capable in whatever they say or do, for rhythm and harmony are essential to the whole of life. — Plato

I'm the kind of person who can hear that stuff. If you sing along to the radio and you're not going to sing unison with the melody, but find the harmony, I find that pretty easy to do. — Art Garfunkel

Brazilian music has many of the ingredients that I strive for in my own music: Strong melodies and a disciplined but intense rhythmic concept, and interesting harmonies. — Chuck Mangione

Harmony of period and melody of style have greater weight than is generally imagined in the judgment we pass upon writing and writers. As a proof of this, let us reflect what texts of scripture, what lines in poetry, or what periods we most remember and quote, either in verse or prose, and we shall find them to be only musical ones. — William Shenstone

I would listen to something on the radio and try to tap out the melody, then the harmonies. — Michel Legrand

Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing. And you start talking yourself out of the bold melody and start wanting to arrange it in another key or something. Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me. — Elvis Costello

Our heirs, whatever or whoever they may be, will explore space and time to degrees we cannot currently fathom. They will create new melodies in the music of time. There are infinite harmonies to be explored. — Clifford A. Pickover

Home should be an oratorio of the memory, singing to all our after life melodies and harmonies of old-remembered joy. — Henry Ward Beecher

To me it's no accident that all the symphony orchestras around the world tune up to the note A. And A is 440 cycles, except in Germany where it's 444. But the universe is 450 cycles. So what I'm trying to say is, I think it's God's voice, melody especially. Counterpoint, retrograde inversion, harmony... that's the science and the craft. — Quincy Jones

To say that a man is your Friend, means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy. Most contemplate only what would be the accidental and trifling advantages of Friendship, as that the Friend can assist in time of need by his substance, or his influence, or his counsel. Even the utmost goodwill and harmony and practical kindness are not sufficient for Friendship, for Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody. — Henry David Thoreau

For me, the tabletop is an easy way to eliminate the possibilities of chords, modes, melodies, and harmonies. It kind of confines you to this other sound sphere. I know anyone facing this kind of dilemma could always just find another instrument more suitable to their needs, such as a sampler or synthesizer, but I figured I have a guitar and amp so why not just use them? — Kevin Drumm

I don't know if embarrassed is the right word, about pop, but I prefer the abstract and the distorted in music. And I keep writing these proper melodies and harmonies, and they're the bits that get thrown out of the records! And I have quite a collection. — Jason Pierce

Harmony is the third element of music, after melody and rhythm, and also the one which requires the most study to actually master. People can be very instinctive and extremely gifted melodically and rhythmically, and harmony can still be difficult. — Chilly Gonzales

Vocals are not central to what I do, and I've never liked singing live. I've always been more inspired by rhythm, texture, harmony than vocal melodies and lyrics. Plus, for me, I can better express my musical ideas through instrumental music than vocal music, the emotional interpretation of which can easily supersede the actual musical content or aim. — Laurel Halo

Singing a melody is like a lot of easier and when you sing harmony you have to really kind of know music and listen to the music and be able to hear the notes or whatever. — Kenan Thompson

Chance the Rapper: if you listen to his narrative and the subject matter he covers in his music, you can see that he's strong, courageous and shows vulnerability. He asks some very poignant questions in his music and is still very melodic. The harmony and the melody of the music allows you to also come in closer. — MC Hammer

I think that in a certain sense, we're concerned about the same issues. How do you accent the progressive, the prophetic, those things that are critical of all forms of injustice, all forms of bigotry, all forms of dehumanizing other people, and yet still allow for a certain kind of flow, linguistic flow, certain kinds of melodies and harmonies in the samplings that take place? — Cornel West

I really think of my motives, my melodies, my harmonies, as being these things that are very much alive. They have these little lives of their own that are stretched and pulled, and I do conceive of my music in a very narrative way. — Missy Mazzoli

My thought with harmonies and melodies in general, is that if it doesn't come right away then it's never going to come at all. — Zach Condon

Well I mean I just sit at the piano and maybe figure out some harmony or melody or both. Sometimes you can hear it in your head. Sometimes you don't always have to write it down. You just write it down so you can remember it. — Roy Hargrove

Plato defines melody to consist of harmony, number and words: harmony naked of itself, words the ornament of harmony, number the common friend and uniter of them both. — John Dowland

Rhythm and melody enter into the soul of the well-instructed youth and produce there a certain mental harmony hardly obtainable in any other way. . . . thus music, too, is concerned with the principles of love in their application to harmony and rhythm. — Plato

Friends are made for caring and sharing. Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody. — Henry David Thoreau

I prefer music where melody, harmony and rhythm come together and no one element overshadows the other. Jazz at its best is a democracy of creativity. — Jimmy Heath

For those of us who have been thrown into hell, mysterious melodies and the torturing images of a vanished beauty will always bring us, in the midst of crime and folly, the echo of that harmonious insurrection which bears witness, throughout the centuries, to the greatness of humanity. — Albert Camus

Loving is like music. Some instruments can go up two octaves, some four, and some all the way from black thunder to sharp lightning. As some of them are susceptible only of melody, so some hearts can sing but one song of love, while others will fun in a full choral harmony. — Henry Ward Beecher

Amid the discords of this life, it is blessed to think of heaven, where God draws after him an everlasting train of music; for all thoughts are harmonious and all feelings vocal, and so there is round about his feet eternal melody. — Henry Ward Beecher

We may sing, 'Crown Him Lord of all,' and rejoice in the tones of the loud-sounding organ and the deep melody of harmonious voices, but still we have done nothing until we have left the world and set our faces toward the city of God in hard practical reality. When faith becomes obedience then it is true faith indeed. — Aiden Wilson Tozer

I have found in every word a certain musical value, a melody in every thought, harmony in every feeling, and I have tried to interpret the same things with clear and simple words to those who used to listen to my music. — Hazrat Inayat Khan

Even the utmost good-will and harmony and practical kindness are not sufficient for Friendship, for Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody. We do not wish for Friends to feed and clothe our bodies-neighbors are kind enough for that-but to do the like office to our spirits. — Henry David Thoreau

When the songs of your heart start singing, you should listen...for its harmony will bring you happiness and the melody is the voice of your true spirit. — Paulo Coelho

Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love; and in proportion to our truthfulness and confidence in one another, our lives are divine and miraculous, and answer to our ideal. . . . Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody. — Henry David Thoreau

Melodies can be good depending on the context. You can have a simple melody, and if the harmony behind it is interesting, it can make a very simple melody really different. You can also have a complex melody. The more complex it is, the harder it is to sing, and then sometimes it can sound contrived. You could write a melody that would be fine on a saxophone but if you give it to a singer, it can sound raunchy. — Donald Fagen

In Conclusion

Which quotation resonated with you best? Did you enjoy our collection of melody and harmony quotes? Or may be you have a slogan about melody and harmony to suggest. Let us know using our contact form.

About the author

This collection is managed by , with an extensive background in quote curation. They have meticulously gathered, researched, and compiled the quotes featured on this page. Every quote has been diligently cross-verified for its origin, its authenticity, and its potential influence on our readership.


Feel free to cite use any of the quotes in this collection of melody and harmony. For popular citation styles(APA, Chicago, MLA), please use this citation page.

Embed HTML Link

Copy and paste this HTML code in your webpage