quote by Fernando Pessoa

My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddlestrings and harps, drums and tamboura I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.

— Fernando Pessoa

Cheerful Symphony Orchestra quotations

If a professional musician in a symphony orchestra is playing Beethoven.

But this particular orchestra have played this particular chestnut so many times, they can play it in their sleep. Does the genius remain present in the music or not?

Bizet was a very young man when he composed this symphony, so play it softly.

When you hear a large symphony orchestra.

for instance, in a concert hall, there's a big, sweeping sound that just doesn't get on to a record.

For an instant God opens his door and His orchestra plays the Fifth Symphony.

You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.

Consciousness is somehow a by-product of the simultaneous, high frequency firing of neurons in different parts of the brain. It's the meshing of these frequencies that generates consciousness, just as tones from individual instruments produce the rich, complex, & seamless sounds of a symphony orchestra

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.

Women play cellos and violins in symphony orchestras.

They're playing Beethoven and Bach. What do you mean they can't play rock and roll?

God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It's a way of expressing our humanity.

Tanglewood [summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra] was a place where gods strode the earth.

The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.

Composers love to write for symphony orchestras because the symphony is the Rolls Royce of musical instruments.

The director is a bit analogous to the conductor of a symphony orchestra.

It's a collaborative adventure.

But a large symphony orchestra basically is a repertory company and it has a very enormous repertoire and it is important for the performers to be able to know how to shift focus so that they instantly become part of the sound world that a particular repertoire demands.

There's power in the collective. If you don't believe me, just watch a symphony orchestra with a conductor and 120 people who are thinking about exactly the same thing at the same moment - no babies, no stock markets, no mortgages. Just 32nd notes.

I never shied away from a challenge and I love doing big, epic films.

They're interesting to me just on a pure music level, just in terms of the amount of music I could create for a symphony orchestra and chorus.

I'm too busy playing. When I'm playing I don't pay attention to who's listening. When I was listening I listened to symphony orchestras, Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Stravinsky. You don't listen to one instrument; you listen to music.

No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.

And we would play together, like fine musicians should, And it would sound like music, and the music would sound good. But in real life I'm stuck with that same old formula, me and my monophonic symphony, six string orchestra.

The symphony orchestra had played poorly, so the conductor was in a bad mood.

That night he beat his wife--because the music hadn't been beautiful enough.

The alarm in the morning? Well, I have an old tape of Carlo Maria Giulini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in a perfectly transcendent version in Shubert's seventh symphony. And I've rigged it up so that at exactly 7:30 every morning it falls from the ceiling onto my face.

And over the last ten years, after my work with the Brodsky Quartet, I had the opportunity to write arrangements for chamber group, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra even.

Audiences, whether they're seeing a film or a reading or whatever it is, a concert, they decide very quickly what kind of show it is, and then they judge it. They judge the rest of the thing by whether it conforms to their rules for what a good symphony orchestra would be.

Every time I open the paper, there's some symphony orchestra collapsing somewhere in the United States. What the hell is going on? And then you find out that the board members try to run these things as businesses.

I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite it; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation.

The very day I purchased it, I christened my guitar as my monophonic symphony, six string orchestra.

Muti is going to do the Alpine Symphony this year.

He will do it well because it is not very well known.

A man must pay the fiddler, in my case it so happened that a whole symphony orchestra often had to be subsidized.

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.

Movies are a medium of expression like a symphony orchestra...or a painter's brush and canvas.

You can play Bach on the piano, a symphony orchestra or a quartet of saxophones, but let's stop this silly, childish business of knit your own musicology

The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing.

When I was growing up, there were no women in orchestras.

Auditioners thought they could tell the difference between a woman playing and a man. Some intelligent person devised a simple solution: Drop a curtain between the auditioners and the people trying out. And, lo and behold, women began to get jobs in symphony orchestras.

I like large sounds and very complex sonorities, and I also tend to opt for creating a feeling of vast space. I could achieve this effect either by using a symphony orchestra, which for a dance piece is pretty much impossible these days, or by using a synthesizer on multi-channel tape and a superb sound system, to get that same sensation of expansiveness and depth.

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