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Friday Aug 05

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy . . . in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry and music.
- John Adams 

Thursday Aug 04

We all do 'do, re, mi,' but you have got to find the other notes yourself.
-  Louis Armstrong

Wednesday Aug 03

It sounds so simple, but if you just be yourself, you're different than anyone else.

- Tony Bennett.

 

            Mr. Bennett turns 90 today.  He also said:

 

            I want to try to prove that at 100, I could sing as well as I was singing when I was 45 or 43.

Tuesday August 02

I've never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.

- Virgil Thomson

Monday August 01

Life unfolds for me like a theatre presenting a sequence of somewhat unreal sentiments; while things of art are real to me and go straight to my heart.

– Russian Pianist Sviatoslav Richter

Sunday July 31

Beware of missing chances; otherwise it may be altogether too late some day.

- Franz Liszt

Saturday July 30

For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows - And did it my way!
- Paul Anka

Friday July 29

If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
- Robert Schumann

Thursday July 28

There are no words, it’s only music there.
                                               - Antonio Vivaldi

Wednesday July 27

In Goyescas, I have found my whole personality; I fell in love with the psychology of Goya and his palette . . . they have transformed me, Joaquín.  At last you will see if my music brings out the color of it.

– Enrique Granados in a letter to fellow composer and pianist Joaquim Malats on his most famous work, ‘Goyescas,’ which was inspired by the paintings of Francisco Goya. 

Tuesday July 26

For Koussevitzky, conducting was not the act of making a highly personalized case about an existing canon . . . For Koussevitzky, conducting was an act of advocacy not of dead composers but of contemporaries who needed to be prodded and supported in order to write the next new work for orchestra, so that the canon of twentieth-century music would eventually rival that of the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries.

                                                                   – ASO Music Director Leon Botstein

Monday July 25

Keep an eye on that young man, someday he will make a big splash in the world.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, about Beethoven