Two New York Locations

ROCKLAND: 845.358.1710
MANHATTAN: 212.625.0500

 

 

School of Music NYC

Musical Quotes

*** Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best. - Henry Van Dyke

*** Music the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below. - Joseph Addison
 
*** Many people say that too much study kills spontaneity in music, but although study may kill a small talent, it is a must to develop a big one.  By concentrating on precision, one arrives at technique, but by concentrating on technique one does not arrive at precision. - George Gershwin

*** Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

*** 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. - Thomas Carlyle

*** Music creates order out of chaos: for rhythm imposes unanimity upon the divergent, melody imposes continuity upon the disjointed, and harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous. - Yehudi Menuhin

*** It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. - J.S. Bach

*** Bach gave us God's Word. Mozart gave us God's laughter. Beethoven gave us God's fire. God gave us Music that we might pray without words. - quote outside an opera house

*** Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains. - John Philip Sousa

***I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to. - Elvis Presley

*** You don't need any brains to listen to music. - Luciano Pavarotti

*** I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig. - Alfred Hitchcock

*** Wagner's music is better than it sounds. - Mark Twain

*** I'd rather be a musician than a rock star. - George Harrison

*** Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it. - John Lennon

*** There is no doubt that the first requirement to be a good composer is to be dead. - Arthur Honegger

*** Critics don't buy records. They get 'em free. - Nat King Cole

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

*** I sat down at the piano and my hands began to browse over the keys. Then something happened. I felt as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody, one I'd never heard or played before, and words came into my head -- they just seemed to fall into place... - Thomas A. Dorsey

 *** Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music. - Sergei Rachmaninov

*** Never hate a song that's sold a half million copies. - Irving Berlin

*** As an artist I come to sing, but as a citizen, I will always speak for peace, and no one can silence me in this. - Paul Robeson

*** There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer