Go to the great concerts where you know that the music is good, and that you ought to like it whether you do or not. Take a music-bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body. I […]
Composing is like making love to the future.
I occasionally play works by contemporary composers and for two reasons. First, to discourage the composer from writing any more, and secondly, to remind myself how much I appreciate Beethoven.
Music-making as a means of getting money is hell.
Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence.
When words leave off, music begins.
The musician who always plays on the same string is laughed at.
Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.
Music played at weddings always reminds me of the music played for soldiers before they go into battle.
(In the music business) everybody gets pimped. You have to decide whether you are going to be a street-walker or a call girl.