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Don't play what's there, play what's not there.

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.

Explain it as we may, a martial strain will urge a man into the front rank of battle sooner than an argument, and a fine anthem excite his devotion more certainly than a logical discourse.

From Mozart I learnt to say important things in a conversational way.

Generally music feedeth that disposition of the spirits which it findeth.

God tells me how he wants the music played - and you get in his way.

Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it and that a very severe one.

Had I learned to fiddle, I should have done nothing else.

Harpists spend half their life tuning and the other half playing out of tune.

He could fiddle all the bugs off a sweet-potato vine.

He was dying all his life.

Hell is full of musical amateurs.

How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.

I am an arrogant and impatient listener, but in the case of a few composers, a very few, when I hear a work I do not like, I am convinced that it is my own fault. Verdi is one of those composers.

I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it.

I am tired before the concert, not afterward.

I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it is the language I don't understand.

I don't care much about music. What I like is sounds.

I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.

I have sat through an Italian opera, til, for sheer pain, and inexplicable anguish, I have rushed out into the noisiest places of the crowded street, to solace myself with sounds which I was not obliged to follow and get rid of the distracting torment of endless, fruitless, barren attention!


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