Golden Nuggets Of Wisdom- From - Famous - Composers

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Golden Nuggets of Wisdom

I have found most quotations to be little golden nuggets of wisdom which challenge my mind and make me think. I seem to have a thirst for knowledge. Some quotes are humorus and who doesn't like a chuckle now and then? Laughing is a healthy thing to do.

My father would collect quotations and paste them into scrapbooks. I discovered them when he passed away and was both surprised and delighted to find these treasures. It taught me something about him that I didn't know. I was proud of him for seeking truth and light through his collection of quotes.

It is my hope that you, the reader, will find something of value in this unique collection of musical quotes I have selected. At the very least, may you discover a quote to shed some light, inspire, energize or just make you think.

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Quotes - J. S. Bach

I was obliged to work hard. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed just as well. (1802)

This can only be the devil or Bach himself! (A village organist, on finding Bach playing on his organ, quoted in Geiringer, The Bach Family). (1954)

If Bach continues to play in this way, the organ will be ruined in two years, or most of the congregation will be deaf. (Member of the Amstadt Council, in 1705 - The Bach Family.) (1954)

It is as though eternal harmony were conversing with itself, as it may have happened in God's own bosom shortly before He created the world. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, on hearing Bach's organ works.)

The immortal god of harmony. (Ludwig van Beethoven) (1801)

Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian. (Roger Fry) (1940)

Too much counterpoint - and what is worse, Protestant counterpoint. (Sir Thomas Beecham)

Ludwig van Beethoven

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Ludwig Beethoven, Musical Genius

I carry my thoughts about me for a long time, before I write them down. Meanwhile my memory is so tenacious that I am sure never to forget, not even in years, a theme that has once occurred to me. I change many things, discard and try again until I am satisfied. Then, however, there begins in my head the development in every direction and, insomuch as I know exactly what I want, the fundamental idea never deserts me - it arises before me, grows - I see and hear the picture in all it's extent and dimensions stand before my mind like a cast, and there remains for me nothing but the labour of writing it down, which is quickly accomplished when I have the time, for I somethines take up other work, but never to the confusion of one with the other. (Ludwig van Beethoven, Letter to Louis Schlosser, 1823.)

Music, in truth, is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life. (Ludwig van Beethoven, quoted by Bettina von Arnim, Letter to Goethe, 1810)

Strange, I feel as if up to now I had written no more than a few notes. (Ludwig van Beethoven, words on his deathbed.)

I must confess that I live a miserable life...I live entirely in my music. (Ludwig van Beethoven, 1801.)

(On hearing his own Variations in C Minor) - That nonsense by me? Oh Beethoven, what an ass you were!

I shall hear in heaven. (Last words)

(Of the sixteen-year-old-Beethoven) Keep your eyes on him; some day he will give the world something to talk about. (Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig - 1787)

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Amadeus Mozart, Young Musical Genius

He emancipated music from the bonds of a formal age, while remaining the true voice of the eighteenth century. (Sir Thomas Beecham)

(Of the Magic Flute) - The opera...is the only one in existence that might conceivably been composed by God. (Neville Cardus)

I pay not attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame...I simply follow my own feelings. (1781)

I tell you before God, as an honest man, that your son is the greates composer I know, either personally or by repute. (Joseph Hayden, in a letter to Leopold Mozart, 1785.)

O, Mozart, immortal Mozart, how many, how infinetly many inspiring suggestions of a finer , better life you left in our souls! (Franz Schubert, Diary, 1816)

Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C Major, K.467 Pollini-Muti

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Humorous Quotes By Famous Musicians

Feed the musician, and he's out of tune. (George Crabbe, The Newspaper (1785)

(Asked why he charged high fees) - I do it on behalf of my brother composers, Schubert and Mozart, who died in poverty. (Igor Stravinsky - 1966)

(On his reaction to adverse criticism) - I cried all the way to the bank. (Liberace, Autobiography - 1973)

I long ago decided there wasn't any sense in making money. The US government simply takes it away to build more things to drop bombs out of...So the only thing to do is to sing for free. (Pete Seeger, quoted in Palmer, All You Need is Love - 1976)

I shall consider it my patriotic duty to keep Elvis in the ninety per cent tax bracket. (Colonel Tom Parker, Presley's manager - 1976)

 After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible
is music.
-Aldous Huxley

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Captain Jimmy 6 years ago from WV


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msorensson 6 years ago

Yes, I loooove all classical music, but mostly Mozart.

Awesome!! This is truth. Thank you for finding it!!!

"Music, in truth, is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life. (Ludwig van Beethoven, quoted by Bettina von Arnim, Letter to Goethe, 1810)"


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CMCastro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Hi Vocalcoach, I didn't know that anybody ever quoted Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart. I learned about Mozart when I watched the "Amadeus" movie, but I had no idea that anyone was writing down his last words. It is a shame that these men died so young. Do you ever wonder who carries their ancestry?


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drcrischasse 6 years ago from NH/Foxboro

These quotes are as beautiful as their music. An artist is an artist in more ways than one. Thank you for proving that.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Captain Jimmy - Thank you for reading my latest hub. How nice to meet you. I will be visiting a hub or 2 of yours.

Have a pleasant weekend!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mssorensson - I should have known that someone as versed as yourself would love classical music. For me, I am transformed when I listen to these musical geniuses. Thank you for sharing with me and others. Mozart rules! :-)


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

CMCastro - What a wonderful question. I certainly wonder now who carries their ancestory. You have inspired me to begin working on some geneology. I think I will begin with Beethoven, as he is my favorite. When I was younger and studying piano with Professor Yazbeck in Santa Barbara Ca., I set myself a goal to learn all 32 of Beethovens Piano Sonatas. Unfortunately, I only became proficient playing 14. :-) Thank you for commenting.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drchrischasse - So very pleased that you enjoyed these quotes. I put in quite a bit of research to locate just the right ones, hoping to find something for everyone. It was fun scouting through my old college music books and the many biographical books stored in my music room.

Thankyou, drchrischasse


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I'm a HUGE Mozart fan, as is my 14 year old, her iPod is jammed packed with Mozart. I've always listened and was so joyful when I listened to her iPod one day and noted the vast collection of Mozart. I enjoyed the Musical quotes. Peace :)


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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Amazing! You combined poetry, music and history of a Great Musician, and quotes by and for other musicians in Hitory. Talent!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LillyGrillzit - Thank you for recognizing my combinations. It means so much that you appreciate this. Thanks so much.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

katiem2 - How wonderful that your 14 yr old daughter listenes to Mozart on her IPod while most 14 year olds don't even know who he is. You have an unusual girl. Glad you liked the quotes. Peace to you to!


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LadyWriter 6 years ago from UK

Loved this Hub; I've made a mental note of Beethoven's last words for future pub quiz use.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for sharing these interesting quotes.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love learning new quotes, and these were great!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Wonderful! Thank you LadyWriter. Beethoven has a very special place in my musical heart - his music, biographies, most of his works and pictures reside in my music room. I love him.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello, Hello, I am pleased that you found these quotes interesting. Appreciate your stopping by. Have a beautiful day.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

habee - I had fun collecting these quotes. Glad you like them. Thank you.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Indeed golden nuggets of wisdom. Going to use this in our school's year-book and on the orchestra's Facebook site. Thanks so much!


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Music, the universal language. Thanks for pearls of thoughts...


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Thanks for a great compilation of quotes. I enjoyed those.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Martie - Thank you so much for your comments. I am honored that you will be using this in scool. Appreciate it.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

dallas93444 - How true. Thank you so very much.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

kaltopsyd - So very glad you like these quotes. Thank you.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

These quotes help understand the man who wrote the music - very nicely done. :)


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Billy - Thank you very much. I loved every minute of research and writing this. Appreciate your comment Billy.


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epigramman 6 years ago

...well J.S Bach's Goldberg Variations by Glen Gould is my favorite recording of all time - and this hub ranks right up there - and I think Luciano Pavarotti would sing from the highest mountain for you ......

I am a master musicologist so believe me when I say - you have done your homework here - and well!!!!!


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman...I feel as though I have won an oscar award after reading your very gracious comments. To me, comments like this from someone like you is such a great honor. I have tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. You and I share the same favorite recording. I play the Variations when I want to give myself a treat. Thank you, dear hub friend.


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Nicole Winter 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

I'm so happy I saw this hub! Fantastic collection of quotes here, I really enjoyed it. Thank-you for publishing this.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Nicole Winter - I am very pleased that you enjoyed these quotes. Thank you for leaving such a nice comment. I am looking forward to reading your hubs.


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Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

I especially liked the one about Bach and the way he played the organ.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Silver Poet - That is also one of my favorite quotes. I want to thank you for all of your support. Really do appreciate you!


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

When I came to read your hubs before, I wonder now how could I have missed this! My parents gave me lessons, and Dear Mr. Ludwig and I became friends quite quickly!

I don't like to change the work of another persons art form, but his music and the amazing runs had me creating my own very young! He inspired me in fact so greatly I cannot sit at at Piano anywhere and not whip off the short version of Fur Elise! Without that andante' arg! INCOMPLETE! lol. I hope before the arthritis makes it from my back to my hands that someday I can have a piano even if it's not cream of the crop! lol. I own the Amadeus movie and cannot be pulled away, ha, but were his quotes correct about Beethoven or what?lol, thanks for a great hub,and the smiles! -Kat


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

I loved this one:

After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible

is music.

-Aldous Huxley


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Audrey - Yes, that is one of my favorite quotes too. Happy you came to visit and thanks for taking the time to comment. Cheers!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Katharella - I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed this. And Mr. Beethoven certainly seems to encourage a great number of pianists to create their own version of his 52 piano pieces (sonatas). I couldn't help but smile as I read your wonderful comments. Thanks!


AEvans 4 years ago

I loved the Mozart and Bach quotes. Thank you for putting such a wonderful list together! :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

AEvans - Im glad you enjoyed this. It was fun putting it all together. Take care.


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

I voted up for sure. That is great.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you IntegrityYes - It's just great to see you here. Really appreciate it!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Protestant Counterpoint...I can only imagine what he means by that! LOL Love these quote and def voted up!


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Pete Seeger, the great American folk singer definitely knew what he was talking about! Liberace had to get to the bank to cover the checks he wrote for costumes and jewelry! lol Great Hub! Up & Interesting!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

"I cried all the way to the bank."

Dear Audrey,

I have been collecting and inspired by quotes all my life, thanks to Mom. Like with your Dad, I now cherish Mom's special quotes as she wrote hers in journals.

This is a lovely and motivating collection and I shall select many for my journal now, thanks to you.

I cannot imagine my life, good times and the bad, without music. I am saddened that Beethoven thought that music made his life miserable. His music, ironically, is so beautiful and makes me feel anything but misery.

Lovely work. Voted UP and across the board (Love Liberace's attitude!)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Marcoujor - Your mom and my Dad - very special people, wanting to be inspired and inspiring others. God bless 'em.

Thank you for finding these quotes both lovely and motivating. Funny...that's also how I have always found you to be.

Beethoven had a very sad life and through it all, gave us the most beautiful music imaginable. His portrait done in black and white, hangs over my black grand piano. When I want a real workout, I plunge through one of his 36 piano sonatas which are not for the "light of heart.".

Thank you lovely lady for your memorable comments and the generous votes.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I save quotations in a file. At my last job, I used to post them outside my office, changing them every few weeks.

I love the quote you ended with my Huxley. Isn't that so true? Music, when it's not "noise," is so wonderful. I like what Mozart said about the young Beethoven. So interesting.

Loved this hub. Glad I came across it!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Audrey

LOL on Liberace's quote. I like the quote in the picture the best.

"When life leaves

you speechless

songs give you

lyrics

to find meaning"

Voted up and away


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi there Victoria - I love your idea of posting quotations at your office. It sets the tone for the day and is a refreshing reminder throughout the work day. It feels so good to know that a fellow hubber appreciates your work. Thanks so much!


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epigramman 4 years ago

...,hello my awesome Audrey - back to revisit a classic and to steal you away from Maria's BORING FB group - lol lol lol - and post you and this beauty and labor of hub love to my most EXCITING FB group Let's just talk music or cinema - and sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 2:32pm


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

KDuBarry03 - Thanks my friend and most talented writer, for being here and for getting a laugh or two. Appreciate your vote up!

rcrumple - Great to see you and thanks for your fun comments. I'll be over to visit soon. Thanks for voting up and interesting.

Sueswan - Liberace not only had a phenominal talent and stage presence, he had a great ad lib that was very funny. His audiences adored him.

Thank you for being here to support me and I'm so glad you like these quotes. I appreciate you generous vote.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Good afternoon my amazing and long time friend (over 2 yrs now). Your remarks are so funny. Love it. I am feeling your warm energy as I am on a roll today and knocking 'em out left and right. Your constant support means everything to me. YOU are and have been "The Wind Beneath My Wings."

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