What do famous musicians say about music?

I went down to the coffee machine and they had replaced it. The new one was bigger and it had fair trade coffee option. In the upper part, a huge green phrase said “A good day starts with coffee”. Wow, the coffee machine talking about coffee.

While I was stirring my cappuccino nocciolato cup, I thought of what some musicians would say about their own music, or about music in general… Here you have the result of what I discovered!

10 musicians' quotes

10 inspirational quotes that answer this question.

  1. “There was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original.”
    Joseph Haydn, an Austrian composer, the exponent of classicism.
  2. “To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.”Ludwig Van Beethoven, composer, orchestra conductor and a German pianist. Classicist to romantic musician.
  3. “In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.” Robert Schumann, romantic composer par excellence 19th century and German music critic.
  4. “Competitions are for horses, not artists.”Bela Bartok, Hungarian composer, pianist and researcher of folk music from Eastern Europe.
  5. “The art of conducting consists in knowing when to stop conducting to let the orchestra play.”Herbert Von Karajan, Austrian principal conductor of the ‘Berlin Philharmonic’ for 35 years, possibly the most famous conductor of the 20th century.
  6. “Very little strength can produce much motion of air, learn about air as a motion.”Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player of the ‘Chicago Symphony Orchestra’.
  7. “I am sure that good music lengthens life”Yehudi Menuhin, American violinist with Russian and Jewish ancestors. Probably one of the best violinists of the 20th century.

  1. “There are two means of refuge from miseries of life: music and cats.” Albert Schweitzer, German physician, philosopher, theologian and musician. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952.
  2. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” Bob Marley, Jamaican musician, guitarist and composer.
  3. “Musicians want to be the loud voice for so many quiet hearts.” Billy Joel, a 68-year-old American singer, songwriter and pianist.