Music Quotes

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Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Quotes

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Quotes Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was an outstanding composer of the late 1800s into the early 20th century. He is best known for his works Sheharazad and Symphonie Espaniol. His influence on composers of his time was significant. Throughout our present-day, he has been a considerable inspiration to Western music composers, mainly through his use of …

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Peter Tchaikovsky Quotes

Peter Tchaikovsky Quotes Peter Tchaikovsky, the famous Russian composer of the 1800s, is best known in our times for his ballets, most significantly, the Nutcracker, which is performed annually by many ballet companies in the United States and Europe. His influence on Russian music in particular and Western classical music overall is immense. Tchaikovsky was …

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Ralph Vaughan Williams Quotes

Ralph Vaughan Williams Quotes Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) was both a composer and a musicologist, who collected English folk music and songs, which he used liberally in his own compositions and in the work he did with English Hymnal.He wrote in most all genres of western music including symphonies, works for band, chamber …

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Image: George Bernard Shaw, playwright and political activist

George Bernard Shaw Quotes

George Bernard Shaw Quotes Image: George Bernard Shaw, playwright and political activist “There are some experiences in life that should not be demanded twice from any man, and one of them is listening to the Brahms Requiem.” “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” “The single biggest problem in communication is the …

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Paul Simon Quotes

Paul Simon Quotes The singer and songwriter, Paul Simon, won the Gershwin prize for popular song, in 2007. Image: Musician Paul Simon performing on stage “Being an artist doesn’t mean that you’re a good artist. That was the bargain I first made with myself: I’d say, ‘I’m an artist, but I’m not really very good’.” …

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Louis Armstrong Quotes

Louis Armstrong Quotes Louis Armstrong influenced jazz to move towards solo instrumental improvisations in contrast to the group improvisational playing characteristic of Dixieland jazz. He was the most well known Jazz performer of his time and championed the introduction of Jazz to more mainstream audiences. Image: Musician Louis Armstrong playing trumpet “Making money ain’t nothing …

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American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou Quotes An important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement, Maya Angelou is also an author, actress and playwright. Her autobiography, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,’ gave her critical and international acclaim. In the late seventies, she became a friend and mentor to Oprah Winfrey. Image: American poet, memoirist, and civil rights …

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Musician Billie Holiday singing on stage

Billie Holiday Quotes

Billie Holiday Quotes Born Eleanora Fagan, later nicknamed Lady Day, Billie Holiday is regarded as one of the greatest female jazz vocalists of all time. She started singing for tips in the early 1930s at various Harlem nightclubs, had brief stints with the orchestras of Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and was a …

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