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The good composer is slowly discovered, the bad composer is slowly found out.

The harp that once through Tara's halls The soul of music shed, Now hangs as mute on Tara's walls, As if that soul were fled.

The highest graces of music flow from the feelings of the heart.

The iPod completely changed the way people approach music.

The lines of poetry, the periods of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be pre­eminently musical.

The man that hath not music in himself, and is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; let no man trust him.

The meaning of song goes deep. Who is there that, in logical words, can express the effect music has on us? A kind of inarticulate, unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that!

The musician who always plays on the same string, is laughed at.

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

The public doesn't want new music; the main thing that it demands of a composer is that he be dead.

The sonatas of Mozart are unique; they are too easy for children, and too difficult for artists.

There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another.

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

There is no feeling, except the extremes of fear and grief that does not find relief in music.

There is something marvelous in music. I might almost say it is, in itself, a marvel. Its position is somewhere between the region of thought and that of phenomena; a glimmering medium between mind and matter, related to both and yet differing from either. Spiritual, and yet requiring rhythm; material, and yet independent of space.

Through every pulse the music stole, and held sublime communion with the soul; wrung from the coyest breast the imprisoned sigh, and kindled rapture in the coldest eye.

Throughout my career, nervousness and stage-fright have never left me before playing. And each of the thousands of concerts I have played at, I feel as bad as I did the very first time.

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

Twelve Highlanders and a bagpipe make a rebellion.

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.


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