All art constantly aspires to the condition of music.
--Walter Pater (1839-1894)
Quality in art is inextricably bound up with emotional honesty.
--Lucian Freud (British painter)
For me, music is not notes, not chords, for me music is atmosphere.
And what you bring to it is your own life.
--Joe Zawinul (1932--2007)
Music is organized sound.
---Edgar Varese (1883-1965)
It is not easy to determine the nature of music or why anyone should have
a knowledge of it.
--Aristotle (384 B.C--322 B.C.)
I am an amorous mathematician, needy of love and mathematics. Without shape there is nothing.
There is shape even in the chaotic.
--Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927--1994)
Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
--Charlie Parker (1920--1955)
Of music Dr. Johnson used to say that it was the only sensual pleasure without vice.
There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law. I love music passionately. And because I love it,
I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is a free art gushing forth, an open air art boundless
as the elements, the wind, the sky, the sea. It must never be shut in and become an academic art.
---Claude Debussy (1862--1918)
The main purpose of musical education in childhood is to find an effective outlet for feelings. A child's life is so full of restrictions, regulations, and frustrations, that media of release become essential. Music is one of the best avenues of release; it gives sounds to fury, shape to joy and relief to tension.
---Dr. Haim Ginott
Talent is a long patience.
--Gustave Flaubert (1821—1880)
I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust.
--Igor Stravinsky (1882—1971)
We should always remember that sensitiveness and emotion constitute the real content of a work of art.
--Maurice Ravel (1875--1937)
There is no such thing any longer as a inadmissable chord, or melody, or rhythm--given the proper context, of course. Contemporary practice has firmly established that fact.
--Aaron Copland (1900--1990)
People compose for many reasons: to become immortal; because the pianoforte happens to be open; because they want to become a millionaire; because of the praise of friends; because they have looked into a pair of beautiful eyes; for no reason whatsoever.
--Robert Schumann (1810--1856)
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
--Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
Do not forget that the melody is the Idea, the outline; as much as it is the form and
the subject matter of a work. The harmony [chords] is an illumination, an exhibition of the
object, its reflection.
--Erik Satie (1865--1926)
Music is time made audible.
--Susanne K. Langer
As neither the enjoyment nor the capacity of producing musical notes are faculties of the least direct use
to man in reference to his ordinary habits of life, they must be ranked amongst the most mysterious with
which he is endowed.
--Charles Darwin (1809--1882)