. . . colors like a flourish of trumpets or pianissimo on the violin, great, calm, oscillating, splintered surgances . . . . Is this not form?

It takes generosity to discover the whole through others.

If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.

Marriage is like a violin. After the music is over, you still have the strings.

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.

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A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.

The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm

No one should be allowed to play the violin until he has mastered it.

The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression.

It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.

I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.

The thing that influenced me most was the way Tommy played his trombone.

. . . It was my idea to make my voice work in the same way as a trombone or violin not sounding like them, but playing the voice like those instrumentalists.

The thumb does not have very a important role when shifting from one position to another. There is too much said, as it seems to me, about importance of the thumb... The thumb must lightly touch the neck and follow the forefinger when moving in different positions, aiding the hand to shift up and down without clutching the instrument.

There is as much difference between the stage and the film as between a piano and a violin. Normally you can't become a virtuoso in both.

'Tis God gives skill, but not without men's hand: He could not make Antonio Stradivarius's violins without Antonio.

If the Almighty himself played the violin, the credits would still read 'Rubinstein, God, and Piatigorsky', in that order.

I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle - so all is peace.

I am sad, sad as a circus-lioness, sad as an eagle without wings, sad as a violin with only one string and one that is broken, sad as a woman who is growing old.

If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.

When I first wrote for orchestra, I didn't realize, when you have 20 people playing a violin line, that is very different than one person playing that line.

I learned, too, how it was possible with the help of the picture and action to transform an apparently insignificant violin passage into an incident, and to lift a simple horn call into a thing of stupendous significance by means of scenic emphasis.

My mother adores singing and plays piano.

My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin.

You know, if you really want to fiddle the old-time way, you've got to learn the dance. The contra-dances, hoedowns. It's all in the rhythm of the bow. The great North Carolina fiddle player Tommy Jarrell said, 'If a feller can't bow, he'll never make a fiddler. He might make a violin player, but he'll never make no fiddler.'

I'm not changing to the point where suddenly I wear floor-length skirts and start playing the violin; I'm just growing up a little bit, I guess.

I guess really what my goal is is just to enlarge the violin repertoire.

If I can add, say, 10 great new violin concertos to the repertoire before I'm done, that will be truly exciting.

I started with the classical violin when I was 6, and I guess it went well.

I've decided to make my main priority for the next two years not playing the violin, but training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

I started skiing around the same time as I began playing the piano, at around four, before moving to the violin at five.

Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring.

Fundamentally I feel that there is as much difference between the stage and the films as between a piano and a violin. Normally you can't become a virtuoso in both.

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

There was one thing Beethoven didn't do.

When one of his string quartets was played, you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.

Love is not love, without a violin playing goat.

Violin playing is a physical art with great traditions behind it.

I would also like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age.

I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie.

I had different bands. I played with the Acoustic Warriors for the most part, without girl singers. It was the same kind of sound, acoustic guitar, bass, with violin and sometimes accordion, and the guys would sing, that kind of thing.

I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle, so all is peace.

My brother Leon started it all. He played the piano. In school they made me leader of the orchestra because I played the violin, but I followed Leon and the boys in his jazz band around.

I wasn't making it with the violin because I was playing all of the 'long hair' stuff.

I tried to learn the violin for a while.

If I'm playing a violin thing, for instance, I tend to respond to that sound with the way I finger.

Let me be very honest and just say that if any airline would let me take the violin and the laptop on board I would fly that airline all the time.

I am very lucky and grateful to have this living link to a past era, the violin presumably having much more history to it than the later portion that I know.

Mozart has written opera, symphony, sacred and chamber music - not to mention his piano and violin concerti.

The Third Quartet I made the instruments in pairs - Two different pairs - Violin and viola, and violin and cello. They played very different things from each other all through the whole piece.

At the age of nine, playing the violin at school, and then onto the mandolin.

I took up violin because my best mate had taken it up, so I did likewise.