Quotes On Music From Famous People

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

"Music must never offend the ear, but must please the listener, or, in other words, must never cease to be music " 

Ludwig van Beethoven

"Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman"  

Leonard Bernstein

"I can't live one day without hearing music, playing it, studying it, or thinking about it" 

Franz Josef Haydn

"It is the melody which is the charm of music, and it is that which is most difficult to produce. The invention of a fine melody is a work of genius."

Gustav Mahler

"A symphony must be like the world. It must contain everything."

"Melodic invention is one of the surest signs of a divine gift."

Gioachino Rossini

"The language of music is common to all generations and nations; it is understood by everybody, since it is understood with the heart."

George Gershwin

"True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time" 

William Shakespeare

"If music be the food of love, play on

Give me excess of it"

Opening lines of "Twelfth Night"

Duke Ellington

"You have to stop listening in categories. The music is either good or it's bad." 

Claude Debussy

"But music, don't you know, is a dream from which the veils have been lifted. It's not even the expression of a feeling, it's the feeling itself." 

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

"Music is an incomparably more powerful means and is a subtler language for expressing the thousand different moments of the soul's moods." 

Johannes Brahms

"A symphony is no joke."