Richard Wagner, a musician who wrote music which is better than it sounds.
A lot of music you might listen to is pretty vapid, it doesn't always deal with our deeper issues. These are the things I'm interested in now, particularly at my age.
Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.
Death is the king of this world: 'Tis his park where he breeds life to feed him. Cries of pain are music for his banquet.
In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience.
It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, and the music scene was really, really interesting because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music, it was more about your desire to express things.
I don't listen to my own music at home.
Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.
Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.
When I'm on tour, I'm in a new city every single night, and the energy and the crowds and the kids and the screaming and them knowing every single word of my music and being onstage is such an energetic feeling with a big payoff.
Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.
How did this or that change my music? The only time I have to think about it is when an interviewer asks me that.
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
My heart, which is so full to overflowing, has often been solaced and refreshed by music when sick and weary.
A lot of people told me that I'm committing musical suicide with my sound.
When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
That said, I'd love to do a musical, either in film or on stage.
Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God.
My mother had to explain that one couldn't compose a Liszt rhapsody because it was a piece of music that Liszt himself had composed.
I would say that although my music may be or may have been part of the cultural background fabric of the gay community, I consider myself an outsider who belongs everywhere and nowhere... Being a human being is what truly counts. That's where you'll find me.
It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.
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.
Where words fail, music speaks.
The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.