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A musicologist is a man who can read music but cannot hear it.

She was one of those people who said I don't know anything about music, but I know what I like.
Music of all the arts has the most influence on the passions and the legislator should give it the greatest encouragement.
I've outdone anyone you can name -- Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500.
We are aware that the conductor is not really making the music, it is making him -- if he is relaxed, open and attuned, then the invisible will take possession of him; through him, it will reach us.
It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents.
I'm not going to be joining ZZ Top. You know they can't play my stuff. It's too complicated.
Song is the heroics of speech.
It's a marvelous feeling when someone says I want to do this song of yours because they've connected to it. That's what I'm after.
Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the infinite.
Canned music is like audible wallpaper.
Good music is very close to primitive language.
Composers shouldn't think too much -- it interferes with their plagiarism.
The high note is not the only thing.
I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness.
Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.
Americans want grungy people, stabbing themselves in the head on stage. They get a bright bunch like us, with deodorant on, they don't get it.
Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me.
Sounds like the blues are composed of feeling, finesse, and fear.
A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.
I know only two tunes. One them is Yankee Doodle and the other isn't.
You're talking to someone who really understands rock music.
A jazz musician is a juggler who uses harmonies instead of oranges.
When Mozart was composing at the end of the eighteenth century, the city of Vienna was so quiet that fire alarms could be given verbally, by a shouting watchman mounted on top of St. Stefan's Cathedral. In twentieth-century society, the noise level is such that it keeps knocking our bodies out of tune and out of their natural rhythms. This ever-increasing assault of sound upon our ears, minds, and bodies adds to the stress load of civilized beings trying to live in a highly complex environment.
Music and dancing (the more the pity) have become so closely associated with ideas of riot and debauchery among the less cultivated classes, that a taste for them, for their own sakes, can hardly be said to exist, and before they can be recommended as innocent or safe amusements, a very great change of ideas must take place.
I am fond of music I think because it is so amoral. Everything else is moral and I am after something that isn't. I have always found moralizing intolerable.
Without Elvis, none of us could have made it.
Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
Berlioz says nothing in his music, but he says it magnificently.
I was a veteran before I was a teenager.
The history of a people is found in its songs.
Difficult do you call it, Sir? I wish it were impossible.
It is the only sensual pleasure without vice.
Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end.
I resent performing for frisking idiots who don't know anything.
Since music is a language with some meaning at least for the immense majority of mankind, although only a tiny minority of people are capable of formulating a meaning in it, and since it is the only language with the contradictory attributes of being at once intelligible and untranslatable, the musical creator is a being comparable to the gods, and music itself the supreme mystery of the science of man, a mystery that all the various disciplines come up against and which holds the key to their progress.
The musical emotion springs precisely from the fact that at each moment the composer withholds or adds more or less than the listener anticipates on the basis of a pattern that he thinks he can guess, but that he is incapable of wholly divining. If the composer withholds more than we anticipate, we experience a delicious falling sensation; we feel we have been torn from a stable point on the musical ladder and thrust into the void. When the composer withholds less, the opposite occurs: he forces us to perform gymnastic exercises more skillful than our own.
I have no pleasure in any man who despises music. It is no invention of ours: it is a gift of God. I place it next to theology. Satan hates music: he knows how it drives the evil spirit out of us.
People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains, airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven Quartet.

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