Quotes About Music

Music is one of key elements of life. Our core nature is musical. Even if we lack musical talent, we can still listen and enjoy music, sing under the shower and change ringtones on our cellphone. Lack of talenT should not stop you to learn about music through quotes and sayings.

Quotes about music reveal this innate human need and dimension of life. Different authors have expressed their own understanding, experience and impact of music. Quotes and sayings below will try to define music through their own eyes, so we can understand it better.

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"A painter paints his pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence. We provide the music, and you provide the silence." Leopold Stokowski

"It seems obvious that painting, sculpture or drama imitated nature. But what does music imitate? The measurements suggest that music is imitating the characteristic way our world changes with time." Richard Frederick Voss

"Silence... is the essence of the music itself, the vital ingredient that makes it possible for the music to exist at all." Alfred Brendel

"Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding he sings." Ed Gardner

"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." Victor Hugo

"No culture so far discovered lacks music." Anthony Storr

"Without music, life would be a mistake." Friedrich Nietzsche

"The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul." Johann Sebastian Bach

"The most difficult instrument to play in the orchestra is second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play second fiddle with enthusiasm - that's the problem. Yet, if there is no one to play second fiddle, there is no harmony." Leonard Bernstein

"When people hear good music, it makes them homesick for something they never had and never will have." Edgar Watson Howe

"Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable." Samuel Johnson

"Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable." Leonard Bernstein

"The history of a people is found in its songs." George Jellinek

"Don't write music unless it is impossible for you not to write music." Dimitri Shostakovich

"If it has more than three chords, it's jazz." Lou Reed

"Harpists spend 90 per cent of their lives tuning their harps and 10 per cent playing out of tune." Igor Stravinsky

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Berthold Auerbach

"The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides." Artur Schnabel

"Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them." Richard Strauss

"What do you get when you play country music backwards? You get your girl back, your dog back, your pick-up back, and you stop drinking." Louis Saaberda

"Don't play what's there, play what's not there." Miles Davis

"When she started to play, Steinway himself came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano." Bob Hope

"Pop music is about stealing pocket money from children." Ian Anderson

"Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light." Claude Debussy

"A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges." Benny Green

"All music is folk music. I ain't never heard no horse sing a song." Louis Armstrong


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