Music Quotations by Musicians, Composers & Famous People

Music quotes by famous musicians, composers and others provide a rich source of knowledge and insights. In addition to the quotes themselves, you will find commentary and historical perspective.

Composer Aaron Copland at the piano writing music

Aaron Copland Quotations

Aaron Copland Quotations Aaron Copland’s life and music spanned the 20th century and he was considered by most to be America’s most ‘American sounding’ composer. In addition to superb use ...
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Photograph of writer, Albert Camus

Albert Camus Quotations

Albert Camus Quotations The Algerian born French writer and philosopher, Albert Camus, was the second youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the first being Rudyard Kipling. Camus is ...
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Photograph of Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

Albert Einstein Quotations

Albert Einstein Quotations Albert Einstein, named by Time Magazine in 1999 as the “Person of the Century,” wrote his 1st scientific paper at age 15 and by age 21 earned ...
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Photo of Albert Schweitzer, theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher, and physician

Albert Schweitzer Quotations

Albert Schweitzer Quotations Albert Schweitzer, humanitarian, organist, JS Bach scholar, Lutheran pastor and African missionary, who won the 1952 Nobel Peace prize for founding and running the Lambarene Hospital in ...
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Photograph of Andre Gide, French author, humanist, and moralist

Andre Gide Quotations

Andre Gide Quotations Andre Gide was a French author, humanist, and moralist who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947. Gide has always appealed to different audiences: a traditional ...
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Photograph of musician Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin Quotations

Aretha Franklin Quotations The youngest recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor and the first black woman to appear on the cover of Time magazine, Aretha Franklin is an American singer, songwriter, and ...
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Bedrich Smetana Quotes

Bedrich Smetana Quotes Bedrich Smetana was a Czech composer in the 1800's that was known as the father of Czech music. Internationally he is best known for his opera The ...
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Composer Bartok and his wife

Bela Bartok Quotes

Bela Bartok Quotes Bela Bartok was a Hungarian composer and pianist He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Bela Bartok and Franz Liszt are ...
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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 ...
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Musician Bob Dylan singing and playing guitar on stage

Bob Dylan Quotes

Bob Dylan Quotes Originally from the Iron Range near Lake Superior, MN, Bob Dylan began as a Minnesota folk music artist and expanded his café and concert performances to many ...
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Camille Saint-Saëns Quotes

Camille Saint-Saëns Quotes Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor, and pianist in the 1800's. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, the Second Piano Concerto, The First ...
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Photo of Cesar Franck playing the organ

César Franck Quotes

César Franck Quotes César Franck was a Belgian-French composer, pianist, organist, and music teacher who worked in Paris in the 1800's. Franck's is known for compositions written in his later ...
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Portrait photo of composer, Charles Gounod

Charles Gounod Quotes

Charles Gounod Quotes Charles Gounod, was a French composer. He wrote twelve operas, of which the most popular has always been Faust; his Romeo and Juliette are two of his ...
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Photograph of Debussy standing next to Stravinsky sitting in a chair

Claude Debussy Quotes

Claude Debussy Quotes Claude Debussy is perhaps the most influential French composer in western music. His influence was prominently felt for composers who were contemporaries and in the decades to ...
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Musician Edgar Meyer

Edgar Meyer Quotes

Edgar Meyer Quotes Bonnett and I are big fans of the renowned double bassist and composer and 3-time Grammy Award winner, Edgar Meyer. We own 3 of his CD’s and ...
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Composer Edvard Grieg and his wife

Edvard Grieg Quotes

Edvard Grieg Quotes Edvard Grieg was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the main Romantic era composers. His use and development of Norwegian folk music ...
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Musician Frank Zappa with fellow band members

Frank Zappa Quotations

Frank Zappa Quotations Frank Vincent Zappa, wanted to be known, first and foremost, as an American composer, for which he excelled in both pop and classical music mediums, producing over ...
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Photo of composer, Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt Quotes

Franz Liszt Quotes Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists ...
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Composer Gabriel Fauré writing compositions

Gabriel Fauré Quotes

Gabriel Fauré Quotes Gabriel Fauré was a French composer, organist, pianist and educator. He was one of the most well-known French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced ...
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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 ...
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Georges Bizet Quotes

Georges Bizet Quotes Georges Bizet was a French composer of the Romantic era. He is known for his operas but his musical career was short due to his early death. ...
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A photo of a young composer, Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Puccini Quotes

Giacomo Puccini Quotes Giacomo Puccini was an Italian composer known mostly for his operas. His most known works are La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and Turandot, all are among the ...
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Igor Stravinsky Quotations

Igor Stravinsky Quotations Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, considered to be the most influential music composer of modern times, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the ...
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Composer Jennifer Higdon with an orange cat next to her

Jennifer Higdon Quotations

Jennifer Higdon Quotations I recently met composer Jennifer Higdon, through an event sponsored by the American Composers Forum. We learned a good deal about her compositional process and her approach ...
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Johann Sebastian Bach Quotations

Johann Sebastian Bach Quotations My guess is that the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach have been, and continue to be, the most studied and performed pieces by any know composer ...
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Photo of singer Joni Mitchell on stage

Joni Mitchell Quotations

Joni Mitchell Quotations This recent synchronous happening revolving around Joni Mitchell went like this: After a meal out, Bonne and I were having a leisure wander about in Barnes and ...
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Photograph of Leonard Bernstein conducting an orchestra

Leonard Bernstein Quotations

Leonard Bernstein Quotations As a pianist, conductor, composer, educator, and long-time music director of the New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein received worldwide acclaim for his wide-ranging musical genius. As a ...
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Photo of musician Louis Armstrong

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 ...
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Composer, Ravel playing piano with friends

Maurice Ravel Quotes

Maurice Ravel Quotes Maurice Ravel was a French composer, pianist and conductor. In the 1920s and 1930s Ravel was internationally known as France's greatest living composer. Ravel was among the ...
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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,’ ...
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Photo of composer, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

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 ...
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Oprah Winfrey Quotations

Oprah Winfrey Quotations Possibly the most influential woman in the world, Oprah Winfrey is host to The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. She is also ...
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Musician Paul Simon performing on stage

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 ...
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Photo of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky sitting in a chair

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 ...
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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 ...
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Musician Sheryl Crow on stage with another band member

Sheryl Crow Quotations

Sheryl Crow Quotations The American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Sheryl Crow blends country, folk, pop and blues into a mainstream sound that combines sunny rock tunes with world-weary ballads. ...
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Singer Sting singing and playing guitar on stage

Sting Quotations

Sting Quotations Here are some quotations by Sting, the name given him by a fellow musician many years before he became famous as the songwriter and vocalist for the band ...
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Singer Tony Bennett working with another musician on the piano

Tony Bennett Quotations

Tony Bennett Quotations Tony Bennett, who is widely considered to be one of the best singers of the past two centuries, is an American icon who saw his career decline ...
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