Classical Music Quotes

Classical Music Quotes by Jillian Hervey, Brad Paisley, Planningtorock, Serj Tankian, Joshua Bell, Benjamin Carson and many others.

I grew up as a dancer, and music and dance are so closely tied, that in ballet class you‘re listening to all this classical music, and in modern class you’re working with a live drummer. It was something that always made me feel really comfortable and I’ve had a connection to since the beginning.
I’m sure there are a few things in my CD collection that might surprise people. I like classical music, the blues, and I’m a big fan of alternative rock.
Classical music was my starting point. My mum would expose me to a lot of music and take me to really weird concerts when I was possibly too young.
I’ve worked with some great orchestras and amazing classical musicians, but I don’t like the conceptualization of classical music as an elitist form of art.
Anyone who knows classical music and loves classical music has heard the Beethoven Seventh hundreds of times probably in their life.
I got involved with classical music when I was in high school and it’s followed me throughout my entire life and probably had a profound effect on my life.
The first concert that my parents took me to was in this canyon in Saudi Arabia called Buttermilk Canyon. You sleep under the stars in the desert, and ex-pats – German, Swiss, Canadian, American – would play classical music that filled the whole canyon.
In a way, the history of jazz’s development is a small mirror of classical music’s development through the centuries. Now jazz is a living form of original music, while classical music has gotten to the end of its cycle in terms of exploring its form.
Western classical music had long known syncopation. But no one had felt compelled to snap his fingers to music before American jazz and musical theater, which sent a previously undiscovered current coursing through the body, demanding outlet.
I was able to turn to classical music many people, and this is one of the nicest achievements I can have.
I’d been trained as a classical musician, but also as a pop musician. My teacher made sure that everything was available.
It’s not that people don’t like classical music. It’s that they don’t have the chance to understand and to experience it.
I used to sing classical music to the flowers in the garden and imagine they were all different parts of the orchestra. It used to really annoy the neighbours.
Copland was one of the first American composers to forge a truly modern style of American classical music while also making use of American popular music – including jazz.
Generally, we tend to believe that royalty is only for mainstream Hindi commercial cinema music and maybe some popular ghazal singer or pop singer but we never think that classical music is played at so many places.
I was fairly poor but most of my money went for wine and classical music. I loved to mix the two together.
Talking about music is like dancing about architecture.
I went to a music academy in Los Angeles, and some friends started playing me Ravel and Prokofiev, who I liked, but what really blew me away was ‘The Rite of Spring.’ That’s what made me get interested in classical music for real and want to study it.
I’m everything I’m made of. So a part of me is made of classical music. I’m grateful for it.
I love Adele and Lykke Li. I also listen to classical music as well.
I had been exposed to classical music my whole life; even before I was born.
Any form of classical music is made for youth.
My husband is a former rocker and in charge of our humungous music collection, and I’ve recently been asking him for classical music.
I listen to music when I write. I need the musical background. Classical music. I’m behind the times. I’m still with Baroque music, Gregorian chant, the requiems, and with the quartets of Beethoven and Brahms. That is what I need for the climate, for the surroundings, for the landscape: the music.
Classical music presents some of the world’s most challenging pieces.
Sometimes I’ll listen to a little old Van Halen, or some Beatles, Zeppelin stuff, classical music… I like a lot of different things.
Ask about music growing up, I’ll tell you I grew up playing classical music, and I didn’t grow up in a musical household.
I come from a very strenuous, strict, disciplined classical music background. My grandfather, noted Carnatic classical exponent Dr. Sripada Pinakapani, was a Padma Bhushan recipient.
We learned Russian music, and of course Western European classical music, but nothing from our own Tuvan culture. I think that was the biggest problem of Communists – they didn’t care about the cultural life of aboriginal people, here especially in Siberia. Maybe it brought them to collapse.
The only love affair I have ever had was with music.
Whenever I visit a city, I like to see what classical music concerts are on offer.
Classical music requires an immense amount of concentration, and I don’t know if I would’ve been that committed to that particular life.
It is becoming increasingly difficult to decide where jazz starts or where it stops, where Tin Pan Alley begins and jazz ends, or even where the borderline lies between between classical music and jazz. I feel there is no boundary line
New music is absolutely integral to classical music.
I love classical music. It’s my stabiliser.
I started when I was really young. I was playing classical music when I was 4 and when I turned 11 I started to write pop music. I guess you could say it was my intellectual evolution and my love of music began to change.
Music was around in my family in two ways. My mother would occasionally sing to me, but I was mostly stimulated by the classical music my father had left behind. I had an ear for music, I suppose, so that’s what began my interest in music.
As a kid, I loved classical music. Composers like Beethoven were like rock stars to me. Then there were the real rock stars: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan.
‘The Shining‘ is operatic and sensational and… really shocking. It has this amazing meld of classical music and modern interpretations of classical music, and incredible imagery. From the set design to the costumes, there’s so much to unpack.
I have very eclectic tastes. I love soul and Motown; I listen to some rap – Stormzy, Tinie Tempah, Drake. I also love classical music, American country and the folk tradition. I often start the day with gospel on my way to work. The only thing I have never got into is punk.
A lot of people ask how I ended up doing classical music given that I’m in a rock band. The truth is that it’s the other way around. I was trained as a classical musician and then started playing in a rock band later.
I love singing jazz. I don’t like the idea that classical music should be over here and jazz should be someplace else. It’s all wonderful, and we should be open to enjoying it all.
I first started playing the violin at 6. And then at 7, it was piano. So from then it was just classical music like every day.
It’s interesting about classical music that the more you hear something, the more you get to know a piece, the better and better it gets, period, which is just an interesting thing on it.
In the U.K., classical music is composed by individuals and written down. Indian music is based on certain sequences called ragas. When I perform live, 95% of the music is improvised: it never sounds the same twice.
Obviously classical music tends to be stuff that is usually at least a hundred years old.
I think for a classical musician the goal is the same as an electronic musician. A very good professional classical musician must not think about technique.
I started listening to classical music when I was in my early teens. Prior to that, I listened to pop records or band records.
I suppose I am more comfortable with jazz because I have been playing it that much longer, and also because classical music is a much more disciplined genre.
You can’t possibly hear the last movement of Beethoven’s Seventh and go slow. (Oscar trying to talk his way out of a speeding ticket)
Works of art make rules but rules do not make works of art.
I’m not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
I love classical music. Yes, I was in a conservatory when I was younger and played guitar and all that stuff, so I also love rock.
It wasn’t until I found my tribe of artists – people who were outspoken and not afraid to say what they thought, whether in a song or a dance or a piece of classical music – that I found a refuge.
One of the struggles that I have with classical music is the way one thinks about a recapitulation. There’s always this idea of themes, and I have trouble with that.
I listen to nothing or classical music just because after being in the studio for twelve hours, the last thing you want to do is listen to anything.
I was interested in both Western and Indian classical music.
Improvisation is an important part of bluegrass, and I would hasten to add that classical music wasn’t always such an improvisational void. Back in the day, everyone‘s cadenzas were improvised, and improvisation was taught in conservatories.
I don’t want to put a name on my music. Other people can put a name on what I do. It’s just the union of what I’ve been listening to and what I’ve been learning. It has some elements of classical music, it has some rock, it has some jazz, but I don’t want to give it a name.
Classical music only really came into my life in 1969. I wish I had heard classical music and church music when I was a teenager or even as a child.
Often in the morning I will sit in a favorite chair in my study with a cup of coffee, with classical music playing, not trying to form a prayer with words but waiting, listening, until perhaps I sense the Spirit bringing to the surface a word from God. Then I offer just a simpleThank you.’
Leighton Ford
Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky were not classical musicians while they were alive and active, they were the rock stars of their day.
I am a trained singer in Hindustani and classical music.
I love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the whole culture of that, whether it’s Indian or it’s Western.
What I do for migraines when I get them, I listen to classical music, and I turn it up really loud.
My parents were decent, aspirant first-generation middle class. They readReader‘s Digest‘, listened to classical music; my grandparents had a bust of Stalin on the mantelpiece. The kids of that generation were terrified of being below par, class-wise.
It was not a secret, then or now, that there is something vaguely un-American about forcing your child to be really good at classical music performance.
At a certain point, I became a kind of musician that has tunnel vision about jazz. I only listened to jazz and classical music.
You don’t need any specialized education and you don’t need to know anything about the world in which I work. I think my music should be able to speak to you even if you’ve never been to a concert of classical music before.
I don’t really have a career as a jazz musician. I don’t really have a career as a classical musician. I don’t really have a career as a college professor, and yet I did all those things and I did them well. I put out some records in the 1980’s and 1990’s that changed the way some trumpet players played.
I would not want the limitations held by the name of a classical musician. I want many people to enjoy my music much beyond just classical music fans. I think the term, ‘violinist,’ keeps me distant from the audience. I want to communicate with them more.
Lately I’ve been listening to some classical music again, some jazz.
It’s wonderful doing concerts in places like New York and London, but I feel a responsibility to also bring my work home, to bring world-class, classical music to Somerset.
I studied classical music in high school.
I studied classical music in the Conservatory of Paris.
If Music is a Place — then Jazz is the City, Folk is the Wilderness, Rock is the Road, Classical is a Temple.
We need to take music out of the ivory tower – both for musicians and for the public. Otherwise, classical music will not survive the 21st century.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
I became a set designer for opera. I’m a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out.
When I was younger, studying classical music, I really had to put in the time. Three hours a day is not even nice – you have to put in six.
You know I’m a bit of a dag because I listen to classical music. I recently bought myself an iPod and downloaded every piece of classical music that I had access to onto that.
I listen to classical music very much. There’s a lot of jazz that I don’t enjoy listening to.
I abhor the words ‘classical music.’ Few things satisfy me more than a really good cover version.
To this day, I adore classical music, and I’m very interested in opera, which I found out later my father was also extremely fond of.
Artists, whether they’re classical musicians or pop musicians, they have always been the reflection of society, and in many ways a healing part of whatever is wrong in society, and I think it’s important for us to continue to do that, and I don’t see enough of it today.
I grew up in a family that was very musical, learned the blues and everything like that. And I became a little bit frustrated with the simplicity of rock n’ roll and blues. I started listening to a lot of classical music – mainly Bach, Vivaldi.
If you’re alive, you have all the experience necessary to understand classical music.
I’m trained in classical music, and my favourites have always been rock n’ roll and blues, but I’ve grown up with different kinds of music around me because of my parents.
In the ballet studio, it was such an organized and disciplined environment, like I’d never had in my life. Seeing myself in the mirror, surrounded by the classical music, that’s when I started to fall in love with dance.
Europe in general is a great place for me, but specifically Germany has been very good to me. Germans love classical music… Electronic dance music is massive over there, so I’m kind of the marriage between the two.
Contrary to popular opinion, classical music does not have to be enjoyed amid exclusive circles, there need not be any snobbishness attached to it. It’s there for everyone. I play for the people.
My family were all into classical music, and I found that very intimidating.
To most white people, jazz means black and jazz means dirt, and that’s not what I play. I play black classical music.
I love hip-hop; I love Sleigh Bells. I also love classical music and musical theater.
I think the classical music is on a dangerous downward slope, because it’s not seeking strong enough resonance with its society.
For me, it’s classical music I started with and I admire Jacqueline du Pre.
I think classical music tuition is, well, was when I was a child, was an abomination. I think in some ways it is one of life’s great tragedies for everybody who gives up an instrument.
I grew up with a lot of classical music around.
I wanted to make an album where every song is kind of interacting – where you can’t tell what’s the string arrangement and what’s the song. I guess that came out of going to college, majoring in music, studying classical music, and even as a kid, being really drawn to classical music.
The beautiful thing about ‘Bhav’ is that it reaches out to a far more number than just the typical set of people who say they like classical music and dance.
I grew up listening to my parents’ albums. Many of them were either classical – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms – or easy listening, like Mantovani. I loved the spectrum of emotions in classical music, from fortissimo to pianissimo. My early passion for classical made my drumming more musical later on.
The basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the former the music is always graver than its performance – whereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being played.
Classical music is this music that was written by a bunch of dead people a long time ago.
That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise.
Nature has given us two ears but only one mouth.
I was able to learn a new language – a new musical language is learning a new language, because it’s so extremely different from Western classical music. African music is completely different.
Regular church-goers are substantially more likely than non-attenders to read, to take newspapers and magazines, to listen to classical music, to attend symphony concerts, operas, and stage plays.
I was able to turn to classical music many people, who saw my programs live and on YouTube, and this is one of the nicest achievements I can have.
I had great inspiration from a Japanese composer named Toru Takemitsu. He wrote over 90 film scores and a lot of concert music, a lot of classical music, and he gave me a lot of inspiration, as well as composers from other countries.
I write right off the typer. I call it my “machinegun.” I hit it hard, usually late at night while drinking wine and listening to classical music on the radio and smoking mangalore ganesh beedies.
I like classical music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and I adore Bach above all.
I was always into classical music and opera because I played the piano as I went through school and was very interested in Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and stuff like that. That changed into heavy metal at around the age of 14 or 13, and I dropped the piano and started to play the guitar.
Musical themes developing is a lot of what classical music is based on, and exposition and recapitulation – these kinds of things I find oppressive.
I grew up with classical music, and to a lesser extent electronic music, and that’s where I belong, so to speak.
I was not born into the world of the stuntman and the daredevil; I was born into the world of theater and writing and sculpting and classical music.
I got my interest in Lotte Lenya and the Brecht-Weill canon from my parents. And I love classical music – I got that from my parents. I love Cole Porter – that I got from my dad.
I’m actually doing what I like doing, which is mixing opera music and classical music with soul and folk. And I was writing and talking about what I’ve actually experienced, and I don’t think that’s very common.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.
For me, electronic music is the classical music of the 21st century.
We have such a great depth of human history in all of the arts, whether it’s opera or mathematics or painting or classical music or jazz. There’s so many things to study, new books to read, and certainly always ways to transform old ideas and to come up with new ones.
I’d like to explode a few myths about what we call classical music. It’s not high art for the titillation of a chosen few.
I grew up as a dancer, and music and dance are so closely tied that in ballet class, you’re listening to all this classical music, and in modern class, you’re working with a live drummer. It was something that always made me feel really comfortable, and I’ve had a connection to since the beginning.
Most people don’t listen to classical music at all, but to rock-and-roll or hillbilly songs or some album named Music To Listen To Music By.
As people’s lifestyles have improved, they’ve become more and more sensitive toward animals. It’s becoming a universal value, like Western classical music.
Way back in the old days, say in Europe of the Middle Ages, you had an aristocracy, and they could afford to pay for musicians. The kings and queens had musicians in the castles, and that developed into symphony orchestras and what we call “Classical music” now.
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?
Michael Torke
Indian classical music is in my blood.
Jazz is not the popular culture. Jazz is in the same position in our culture as classical music. A very small minority of people really love it.
The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music they should be taught to love it instead.
I did classical music when I was a teenager, but the experience of performing a classical concert felt too frighteningly pristine for me to continue with it.
I’m not really involved with politics… I’m living in my cocoon with my classical music around.
That mainstream English is essential to our self-preservation is indisputable . . . but it is not necessary to abandon Spoken Soul to master Standard English, any more than it is necessary to abandon English to learn French or to deprecate jazz to appreciate classical music.
John R. Rickford
I sit around listening to classical music. I don’t play video games. I love to go to dinner, go on picnics, travel.
A lot of people may not know how competitive it is to play classical music, because when you think about it, the music that you’re playing is music that’s been here for years. And all you’re trying to do is improve upon it when you play.
There is this tremendous amount of arrogance and hubris, where somebody can look at something for five minutes and dismiss it. Whether you talk about gaming or 20th century classical music, you can’t do it in five minutes. You can’t listen to ‘The Rite of Spring’ once and understand what Stravinsky was all about.
Jazz isn’t dead yet. It’s the underpinning of everything in this country. Whether it’s a Broadway show, or fusion, or right on through classical music, if it’s coming out of the U.S., it’s not going to survive unless it’s got some jazz influence.
I’ve been listening to quite a lot of classical music like Erik Satie, and quite a lot of blues.
I’m a self-confessed geek, and my whole concept of music at first was entirely electronic. In many ways, it turned out to be an advantage. I was so green, so utterly naive about the nature of classical music, that I did things that made me look totally, deliberately unorthodox.
I learned the cello , but I would still need a massive amount of practice. But I do play classical music, so I understand where that comes from.
When I was younger, I used to do that a lot: I would hear a part of a song that would really relax me and then put it on repeat. That would send me to sleep. It was quite obvious classical music, people like Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel.
I got so much love for classical music and I hear so much incredible music.You should know a bunch of music and have respect for all sorts of genres and styles of music.
I would like for people to not be stuck by the rules of what is expected of a classical musician. If you really want to do something different, don’t be afraid to do so. Think of music itself and not the rules or expectations of people.
The musical instuments may be western but my voice never wavers away from my own ragas. it is good to make experiments and I do a lot of them but my thoughts always round the centre and that centre is the tradition of my elders and it is classical music…
I listen mostly to classical music.
I was born out of classical music.
It is so important for people at a young age to be invited to embrace classical music and opera.
To sing is to pray twice.
It’s hard to find an emblem of cultural, national pride that burns as bright as Israel‘s success in classical music.
I had 12 years of classical music as a child, playing piano competitions as a teenager, playing in blues bands and rock ‘n’ roll bands, country and jazz bands. I played in about any situation.
I love classical music. It has left a major mark on my playing.
Popularity gets up people’s noses. But I understand the importance and the function of popular music. There is an artistic purpose. Popular music helps people to develop a curiosity and leads them towards classical music.
I was introduced to classical music by my grandparents – my parents were mostly into folk and jazz. Even as a young man, I was literally unaware of the distinctions between any of that, and I still think it’s pointless.
I am not doing something that it is experimental music in relation to classical music.
Indian classical music is charming and currently there are a wide range of musicians who bring great classical tunes to the Bollywood industry.
Both of my mom‘s parents were music teachers, so I got a lot of knowledge about everything from classical music to jazz to musicals.
Classical music’s ability to translate emotional themes is fantastic.
I had this idea for a while to do mix this Al Green vibe with a samba thing. I tried to do that in many different ways. Peter added his own modern notion of funk and his own deep background in classical music.
I think there are people who use classical music to say, ‘I am better than you, because I know all the rules and you don’t.’ You’re not allowed to have fun or entertain.
I definitely want to act, but I also want to score movies, and I have this idea to fuse classical music with other styles that would give it a different perception.
I grew up listening to a lot of classic jazz, and stuff like The Beatles, and old Motown stuff, and a lot of classical music. I just loved all of that.
I became a professional musician and played all kinds of music. I played bluegrass, I played classical music, and for many years, I played jazz.
I play a lot of classical music around the house.
I was raised in an Indian household – singing classical music and eating south Indian food. But the second I went to school, it was a different world. I’d be listening to Destiny‘s Child, Usher and the Backstreet Boys. It wasn’t until college that I really found the balance between the two worlds.
You’re now getting a new breed of people like Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli and I think that’s why people feel less intimidated by classical music than they once did.
We Gonna Win’ is a song of triumph, It represents my personal belief that with hard work, talent and dedication, everything is possible. It’s a one of a kind marriage between rap and classical music, where the music doesn’t accompany the vocalist, but rather stands on its own.
Miri Ben-Ari
There’s so many different styles and facets of the 360-degree musical sphere to listen to. From tribal to classical music, it’s all there. If the bottom was to sag out of that, for God’s sake, help us all.
I did a pop album, ‘Sogno,’ in 1999. I think it’s important to record another pop album because many people love pop music. By this kind of repertoire, some people can later discover classical music.
The classical music world is so snobbish.
We have always played classical music and always loved dance and pop music.
One of the problems that we face through the media attention that these artists receive is that there has been an awful lot of talk about opera and classical music being elite and being for an elitist group.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn’t give a damn what goes on in between.
I was part of a very uncool group. It was a group that liked classical music. They were known as the Music School Gang or, less charitably, the Poof Gang.
I do like classical music, and soft rock, and jazz, which I never listened to when I was 15. Now I like it. The older you get, the more tolerant you get, right?
We live in a very chaotic world that sometimes we – it just seems like a mess. One of the reasons why we listen to music, and to great classical music in particular, is that everything is in an order and in a place and has a beauty that you see in nature, that you see and that people look for when they look for God.
Music is the shorthand of emotion.
As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually.
I’ve got a lot of things that are probably obvious, not much outside the box right now. But, I have been listening to a lot of classical music lately for some reason. I used to do that a lot when I was doing cabinet making in New England. I’ve sort of returned to that for some reason. That might be surprising to people.
The Zombies were really unique – they had elements of jazz and classical music in their songs and songwriting. They had a very, very different sound compared to a lot of their contemporaries at the time.
I loved Queen, Journey, Fleetwood Mac, and people like Barbara Streisand. The thing with me is that classical music was also an inspiration. I took piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels for 10 years.
Basically my influences have been American influences. It’s been blues, gospel, swing era music, bebop music, Broadway show music, classical music.
I had to listen to the classical music because it calms me down, calms my nerves down.
I have a classical music background. I studied violin and trumpet.
Although I enjoyed writing Film Music it was always a means to an end, in that it enabled me to keep a wife and family and write my classical music, which has always been my passion.
Malcolm Arnold
Everybody loves classical music they just don’t know about it yet.
I was surrounded by classical music, art and ballet all these things. But they also had a football field and it was at the conservatoire I decided to be a footballer.
If classical music is the state of the art, then the arts are in a sad state.
It is interesting that our biggest fans are the greatest names of the classical music scene, such as Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer. They even make guest appearances in our concerts occasionally.
My mom was an opera singer. She did all the classical music, and I heard it. I know every opera. I know every classical piece of music.
What I wanted to do was music, until I was about 16. But it was jazz and rock, never classical music.
A musicologist is a man who can read music but cannot hear it.
Its a small community, the classical music community, along with the excitement of new places and new things and this feeling of being at home wherever you go because thats where your community is.
I had 10 years of lessons at the conservatory in Belgium, studying classical music. I learned how to sing, play the piano, and all the theory that I needed. By the time I left, I had confidence in my skills, and I knew that the experience had prepared me to become a real professional.
Part of my mission is simply that: to bring the world of the arts, particularly classical music, closer to people so they don’t feel that it is something remote that they have to specially prepare themselves for, or dress up for.
Listening to classical music is a journey not a state; it’s an activity not a meditation.
Classical music has been based on works people love and come back to for aural comfort.
I’m pretty optimistic about the future of rock… it will be back to composition as in classical music or jazz.
Since I’ve grown up I really wanted to be able to create something different. In Persian music, opposite, again, to classical music, that the instrument developed and evolved over, like, hundreds of years, our instrument all remained the same.
Violin for me is a great instrument because you can use it as a rhythmical instrument and also as a melodic instrument. … You can pretty much do everything with the violin. Sometimes I feel classical music limits the violin.
David Garrett
Music has always been transnational; people pick up whatever interests them, and certainly a lot of classical music has absorbed influences from all over the world.
I had a lot of classical influences. I had classical music and opera and literature, but I also liked sleaze. And putting it together, sleaze and glamour, it just made sense to me.
What passion cannot music raise and quell!
Being from a classical environment, I’ve always been provoked by classical musicians thinking that classical music is so much greater art than pop. I’ve always been annoyed by that.
If we have to put music into baskets, then the progressive rock bands I fell in love with as a teenager made sounds that shaded into jazz, folk, metal, and in the case of the wonderful (and sadly missed) Jon Lord, modern classical music.
Indian classical music was born when time barely existed. It developed further within the structures of royal courts and a system of patronage where the ruler or the feudal master determined all.
I enjoy practicing law too much to even contemplate retiring, but I often think about engaging in serious study of the history of art, of the intricacies of classical music. I could write a fugue, or perhaps learn to play the cello.
It is the responsibility of music composers to add some classical music elements into their songs to make the music genre popular.
I have been exposed to different kinds of Marathi and Hindi music, classical music, and English songs since childhood.
It’ll help you be imaginative if you listen to classical music. It helps you understand dynamics and how important they are to create an environment.
I don’t mind being classified as a jazz artist, but I do mind being restricted to being a jazz artist. My foundation has been in jazz, though I didn’t really start out that way. I started in classical music, but my formative years were in jazz, and it makes a great foundation.
I grew up with the Woodstock generation. I went to Woodstock, and like everybody in my school, I wanted to be in a rock-and-roll band, and most of us were. But I also grew up with a lot of piano lessons and a lot of classical music training.
As far as using electronics in my music, I have to do that as honestly as possible. Also, I have a broad range of listeners from a classical music base, as well as people, like me, who listen to a lot of different music. So I’m mindful of letting my sitar playing remain at the center of what I do.
I’m not interested in popular culture. I hate Quentin Tarantino. I rarely go to movies. I hate rock ‘n’ roll. I work. I think. I listen to classical music. I brood. I like sports cars.
My mother was an opera singer and my grandmother a concert pianist, and they only liked classical music. If I put on a pop record, they would tell me to turn it off, so I only listen to classical.
In classical music, love is based on bitin’ — imitation. It’s not based on interpretation. A jazz musician, if he plays someone else’s song, has a responsibility to make a distinct and original statement.
Todd Boyd
Music in Africa is perceived so differently than Western classical music – it’s language and storytelling.
Classical music is for listening but rock and roll is to have fun with.
I believe that classical music comes through listening and practice, and it can be fun both for the singer or performer and the listener or audience, as long as the performer is taught to recognise the pulse of the audience.
We need to bring music to the people, even to those who normally do not listen to classical music.
I started playing music when I was about six and didn’t discover Indian classical music until I was fifteen. So, essentially, I had a lot of catching up to do.
I also have a big love of classical music played on piano because this is the environment I grew up in my brother being one of the great masters in this world.
Influences at home, including classical music, were not all specifically jazz, but the family radio was always on… So there was always some connection to American culture, to American music.
Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
I like to get away from noise, although I will play noisy music in my car to keep myself awake. But my ears need a rest sometimes. I do enjoy listening to classical music.
For me, personally, the most interesting music comes from the popular sector – from film and pop music – since contemporary classical music got stuck and went into directions where it lost a lot of the public by over-intellectualizing.
When we improvise freely – that is, without a structure – it tends to sound more like 20th century classical music, more like a classical ensemble improvising, as opposed to a free-jazz group, where you’re more used to hearing saxophones honking.
I play only classical music. My pianos are my only big indulgence, but they’re a necessity. When I’m playing the piano is literally the only time I can be completely abstract and disconnected from the regular world and yet be connected – to my music.
I thought it would be interesting to play classical music on rock instruments.
Classical music is a wonderful 1200 year-old tradition that witnesses everything that it has meant and what it means right now to be human.
Classical musicians go to the conservatories, rockВґn roll musicians go to the garages.
As a kid, I would listen to anything that had a live orchestra or ensemble playing, so that covered everything from show tunes to eclectic jazz things to film soundtracks to classical music. They’re all inspiring to me.
There is nothing else is India which is as popular as Bollywood. Look at Indian classical music, how big and how respected it is in the West, but here in India, no one is interested.
Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music.
Listening to classical music is like reading philosophy books. Not everybody has to do it.
The Beatles are the classical music of rock n’ roll. And rock n’ roll is far more widespread than classical will ever be.
Jazz is America’s classical music.
Billy Taylor
I grew up with classical music blasting in my parents’ living room and my older brother‘s practicing saxophone in his room listening to jazz… a beautiful chaos.
Classical music can rock you!
There is some brilliant pop music and some very poor classical music. And why shouldn’t comedy be treated as seriously as drama?
Until I was around 12 or 13, I only listened to classical music, mostly Tchaikovsky. But around that age, I started listening to Iron Maiden, and that’s when I purchased my first guitar, a pearl-white Westone.
I turned popular music on the radio, and I never listened to it again after that, in about 1985. That’s when I switched over to classical music, and I pretty much stayed with that since then.
I finished my university studies with classical music while being in a successful metal band, but that was not an easy task at all.
There are three virtuous styles of music; classical, jazz and heavy metal. I do love classical music but I don’t listen to it much anymore and I never listen to metal, so I am not very interested in music that is difficult to play.
I’ve got this diverse education, growing up in classical music and existing between that and music that is more visceral, so for sure, I’ve always been interested in music from other cultures.
I like to listen to classical music… I like mainline jazz.
I love classical music and often listen to symphonies or opera in the morning.
Just going to Bangladesh was an experience… if you go into small villages in the U.K., they’re backward and culturally devoid. But if you go into small villages in Bangladesh, they have classical music concerts.
I guess some people in classical music can keep going until they kick (die) and the (Rolling) Stones are definitely pushing the envelope but I wonder if here’s a time when you have to face whether you are as good as you used to be.
Part of what I enjoy about writing classical music is communicating through the score and collaborating with such amazing musicians.
Western classical music is participative. Look at the number of people who are involved in a symphony.
Don’t be a perfectionistleave that to the classical musicians.
Classical music is far from boring – it has all the blood, energy, the sinister dark side, rhythm that rock music has, and all the refined, subtle sensuality that one can ask for
Yuja Wang
The classical music is soothing and stimulating, good for thinking.
Rolonda Watts
When I was young, I played the piano and studied classical music and jazz. I wanted to be a concert pianist, and if I’d devoted myself to it, I could have been. But it would have been too much work and a very lonely life.
Classical music has become rarefied, like a maiden aunt that nobody wants to talk to.
You cannot go wrong by learning classical music because it trains the ear.
The choreography in films is completely different. I find it easier when I am asked to dance to classical music, but it’s a different ball game altogether.
I’m a self-taught guitarist, but I have a classical music background.
My basic grammar is in Indian classical music, Carnatic music, and Hindustani music, but I don’t believe that that is the only form of music I will learn. I don’t believe in that, because I am a very open minded person.
My influences are jazz, blues, European classical music; they are rock music and pop music. So many kinds of music. World music from different countries like India and China. I think that would be a shame not to take advantage and do something… not unique, because I don’t have this pretension.
For me, I’m way more at home in heavy metal than I am in classical music.
I love classical music, but I hated classical guitar. But I like flamenco, because there was something else there going on. It wasn’t just the notes being thrown at you. And there were certain kinds of jazz that I really liked and other kinds that just went right over my head.
I like to listen to a lot of classical music when I’m painting, the most simplistic stuff I can find. I like simple piano.
Early on, I was a performer playing classical music. It’s in my DNA in a way that I can’t begin to extract it.
I have loads of issues with the way classical music is presented. It has been too reverential, too ‘high art’ – if you’re not in the club, they’re not going to let you join. It’s like The Turin Shroud: don’t touch it because it might fall apart.
Growing up, there was only classical music on BBC Radio. We had to listen to the American Forces Network in Germany, which played pop songs, or the pirate radio boats off the coast.
Most of the music I’ve become interested in is hybrid in its originsClassical music, of course, is unbelievably hybrid. Jazz is an obvious amalgam. Bluegrass comes from eighteenth-century Scottish and Irish folk music that made contact with the blues. By exploring music, you’re exploring everything.
My parents are both musicians and made sure we all played music. My brothers and sisters all play instruments, so we’ll get together whenever we can and play. We play a lot of classical music – you know, the good stuff.
For people who live their lives in classical music the Three Tenors is a kind of benign tumor: unsightly but not life threatening.
Bernard Holland
[Phil Wood] knew about wine. He knew about food. He knew about art. He knew about classical music. He was interested in things.
I loved ‘Fantasia‘ as a kid because it filled me with wonder, enchantment and awe. It was my first real introduction into classical music. It was totally inspiring to me.
I think sometimes when you speak about something like ‘Indian classical music’ and ‘ragas,’ and all of that’s new to people, it can be quite intimidating, in the same way that I have sometimes found opera and Wagner intimidating – one doesn’t know where to begin sometimes.
I play classical music almost exclusively. I never mastered jazz or gospel in the way that my mother did. She was a fine improvisational musician. I pretty much have to stick to what’s written on the page.
Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man’s faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.
I come from a small village and have had no formal training in music or any classes from the masters of Indian classical music.
Classical music is a special taste like Greek language or pre-Columbian archeology, not a common culture of reciprocal communication and psychological shorthand.
The peculiar characteristic of classical music is that it is really better than it sounds.
There’s certainly no doubt that commercialism has entered classical music to such a degree that almost no one seems to care anymore about the physical and mental health of the performer.
At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music.
When I listen to music today, it is about 99 percent classical. I rarely even listen to folk music, the music of my own specialty, because folk music is to me more limited than classical music.
I had this exceptional classical music voice. If I’d followed a true path for my talent, I would have ended up being an opera singer.
Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.
I don’t know anything about music. In my line you don’t have to.
I think it’s time they knew the truth about Beethoven.
It’s something he used to say when he was happy. It could be a very, very simple day. We might be sitting out on the front lawn. Dad loved classical music and we might be listening to some Stravinsky or something and having some tea and eggs. And he’d say, ‘Oh, good stuff, isn’t it?’
As far as doing TV, I do think there’s a big audience out there that could enjoy classical music, but they don’t know how to find it, and sometimes by doing different things… crossover things probably make up about 5% of what I do.
Classical music is something that we’re very passionate about, but we always thought it was presented in a stuffy way.
I like classical music. I especially like the French composers: Ravel in particular. Debussy. That’s so soothing in a nervous world.
It’s America’s classical music … this becomes our tradition … the bottom line of any country in the world is what did we contribute to the world? … we contributed Louis Armstrong
Why a musician loves playing jazz or classical music or what makes them happy, and why an artist likes to paint – it’s so hard to actually put into words what that feeling is of joy that we get, but that is what I get: a feeling of joy when the camera is rolling, even if I’m doing something that is not joyous.
I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.
Because in classical music cello is not regarded as a popular choice, it’s always playing the long, boring notes.
You know how some people seem to think that their love for classical music makes them spiritual or at least something quite special? And others who think you are a monster if you don’t ‘love children,’ however obnoxious the children may be? Well, I found out that many people who love flowers look down on those who don’t.
I’d studied piano first and switched over to cello when I was about seven. I played mostly chamber and solo classical music. I got really involved with rock music when I was a teenager. I wired up my cello.
I think classical dance is not seeing the evolution seen by classical music.
Jazz isn’t like pop, where you sell millions of records with a hit. Your spirit and soul aren’t important in pop music. But jazz is like classical music. If people like you, they’ll remember you and you’ll last forever.
I used to watch those rock videos where they would chainsaw the piano. And I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I thought classical music was corny.
I’ve always been heavily influenced by classical music, mostly by baroque music.
In contrast, traditional classical music starts from an abstract musical schema. This is then notated and only expressed in concrete sound as a last stage, when it is performed.
I love listening to classical music.
Even the most jingoistic person would have to admit that even American cultural music comes from Europe. That’s what classical music is, real European music.
Being a classical musician, you’re doing many things anyway. One day you’re doing Bach concerto and the next you’re doing some avant-garde thing. It’s just another hat that I’m allowed to wear.
Although in society in general, the idea of an Irish composer of ‘classical music’, or whatever you want to call it, is still a strange item, generally speaking. Even in the arts, among our fellow creative artists in other disciplines, you still feel slightly out of it.
I started making music with my band in the 80s, so I am more product of post punk than classical music, and I have always carried on this way.
So, if I ever find myself hankering for the long, respectful silences of the olden days, I remind myself that classical music broadcasting was a whisker away from becoming one long silence itself.
Classical music is a genre of music. It’s no more complex or less complex than pop music or R&B. The elitism is weird.
Theo Hutchcraft
Jazz, for me, is a closed circuit, like the term baroque in the world of classical music.
Classical music can be catchy, so can African instrumental guitar music. It’s not just pop songs that are catchy. Rhythms can be catchy, too.
Another classical music teacher from Performing Arts that I’ve stayed in contact with is Jonathan Strasser.
I just loved classical music, but I also loved playing rock guitar, and I loved playing piano, so it was a natural thing that those things would merge at some point.
But those musics do not address the larger kind of architecture in time that classical music does, whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean.
My father was a classical musician and my mother was a writer.
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.
I started making music with my band in the ’80s, so I am more product of post punk than classical music, and I have always carried on this way.
The type of music we know as classical music began with rich people hiring musicians or owning them in a way. Without funding, it’s very hard to have this experience. Be it state money or private money, there has to be someone dedicated to raising the money.
Our audience, it has been a more difficult process for classical music audiences around the world, and I’m not completely certain why.
Classical music is an unbroken, living tradition that goes back over 1,000 years, and every one of those years has had something unique and powerful to say to us about what it’s like to be alive.
If you ever ask me what my all-time dream character is, my answer will be Mia Tansen, the great composer-musician in Hindustani classical music. And ideally, the film should be directed by a person like Bhansali who is a great director and has a marvellous sense of classical music.
I grew up with classical music when I was a ballet dancer. Now when I have to prepare an emotional scene, to cry or whatever, I listen to sonatas. Vivaldi and stuff. It’s just beautiful to me.
My greatest influence came from my parents’ love of classical music. We listened to a lot of arias and operas growing up.
For me, let’s keep jazz as folk music. Let’s not make jazz classical music. Let’s keep it as street music, as people’s everyday-life music. Let’s see jazz musicians continue to use the materials, the tools, the spirit of the actual time that they’re living in, as what they build their lives as musicians around.
Growing up in a family that listened to almost nothing but classical music had its effects, as well. “California Гњber Alles,” the first Dead Kennedys single, was inspired musically more by Japanese Kabuki than anything else.
Classical music in Venezuela is now something like a pop concert. You can see people screaming or crying because they don’t have a ticket.
Before I got the desired effect in my voice, I trained in classical music under my father for several years.
My whole childhood was filled with classical music and going to concerts of the New York Philharmonic and other New York ensembles and organizations, but interestingly, I didn’t become conscious of wanting to be a musician until I was about 11. I was a rather late starter.
I wasn’t listening to that much classical music – not much more than anything else. I was really lucky to have parents who loved all kinds of music.
It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
I studied classical music for a long time, maybe 10 years, and I realized finally I was never going to have the hands to play that stuff.
I would have to say I might do some stuff, but it’s the film that’s appealing. I was raised on film. My musical experience is all via film, it’s not from classical music.
Marijuana is a useful catalyst for specific optical and aural aesthetic perceptions. I apprehended the structure of certain pieces of jazz and classical music in a new manner under the influence of marijuana, and these apprehensions have remained valid in years of normal consciousness.
I have never learned to read or write music so I am not a virtuoso musician like the others you mentioned. I am completely unable to play like them because I never learned classical music, I just developed my own crazy style!
I can think and play stuff in classical music that possibly violinists who didn’t have access to other types of music could never do. It means I’m more flexible within classical music, to be a servant to the composer.
There was the noise itself, which he thought of vaguely as the noise of classical music, sameish and rhetorical, full of feelings people surely never had
I like – I actually love classical music very much.
My mom loved rock n’ roll. My father hated it. We couldn’t play it when he was around. He liked classical music and Duke Ellington.
When you learn Indian classical music, sometimes it takes decades to perfect a raga.
Many fail to realize this great recording industry was built by so-called jazz artists. And at the other end of the spectrum, a base in European classical music as well.
Me, who’s educated classically, I went toward rock music ’cause it was sort of a natural evolution from where I was playing with my brother. But I was always drawn back into classical music.
There are so many people who are interested in classical music. Fortunately, I think many of them are quite young, so it’s wonderful to present new programs to them.
In Germany, people feel like they own classical music, that it is somehow theirs. Over there, everyone still learns to play, and the great composers don’t seem alien.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
There are so many wonderful, wonderful musicians in the world, I cannot possibly make a distinction between the fact that they might play classical music, or bluegrass, or Irish traditional, or Indian music.