Classical Music Quotes by Jillian Hervey, Brad Paisley, Planningtorock, Serj Tankian, Joshua Bell, Benjamin Carson and many others.
I’m everything I’m made of. So a part
of me is made of classical music. I’m grateful
Any form of classical music is made for youth
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
A lot of people ask how
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 first started playing the violin
at 6. And then at 7, it was piano
. So from then it was just
classical music like every
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Lately I’ve been listening to some classical music again
, some jazz.
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
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
and downloaded every piece of classical music that I had access
I listen to classical music very much. There’s a lot of jazz that I don’t enjoy listening to.
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
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
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.
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.
For me, it’s classical music I started with and I admire
Jacqueline du Pre.
I grew up with a lot of classical music around.
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
in classical music, from fortissimo to pianissimo. My early passion
for classical made my drumming
more musical later on.
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.
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 like classical music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and I adore Bach above
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.
I got my interest in Lotte Lenya and the Brecht
from my parents. And I love classical music – I got that from my parents. I love Cole Porter – that I got from my dad
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.
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.
Indian classical music is in my blood
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.
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.
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
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
I listen mostly to classical music.
I was born out of classical music.
To sing is to pray twice.
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.
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.
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
The classical music world is so snobbish
We have always played classical music and always loved dance and pop music.
There are two golden
rules for an orchestra: start together and finish
together. The public doesn’t give a damn
what goes on
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.
As a rule
, my focus
is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually.
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.
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
I have a classical music background. I studied violin and trumpet.
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
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
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.
Classical music has been based on works people love and come back to for aural comfort.
Since I’ve grown up I really wanted to be able to create
something different. In Persian
, again, to classical music, that the instrument developed and evolved
over, like, hundreds of years, our instrument all remained
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
of the audience.
We need to bring music to the people, even to those who normally
do not listen to classical music.
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.
I like to get away
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.
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
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.
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.
Classical music can rock you!
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
I have loads
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
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.
[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
. 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
I come from a small village
and have had no formal
training in music or any classes
from the masters of Indian 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.
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
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
, even if I’m doing something that is not joyous
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
classical music. I got really involved with rock music when I was a teenager. I wired
up my cello.
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 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
I started making music with my band in the 80s
, so I am more product
punk than classical music, and I have always carried
on this way.
Classical music is a genre of music. It’s no more complex
or less complex than pop music or R&B. The elitism
Jazz, for me, is a closed circuit
, like the term baroque in the world of classical music.
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
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.
of music we know as classical music began with rich
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
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.
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.
Classical music in Venezuela
is now something like a pop concert. You can see people screaming
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.