Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.
Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains
America can well expect to develop a goodly amount of composers for she has a goodly number of people.
Composers are the only people who can hear good music above bad sounds.
My success is not due to any personal superiority over other people.
Is it not the business of the conductor to convey to the public in its dramatic form the central idea of a composition; and how can he convey that idea successfully if he does not enter heart and soul into the life of the music and the tale it unfolds?
No nation as young as America can be expected to become immediately a power in the arts.
I firmly believe that we have more latent musical talent in America than there is in any other country. But to dig it out there must be good music throughout the land, a lot of it. Everyone must hear it, and such a process takes time.
The movements which I make I cannot possibly repress because, at the time, I am actually the idea I am interpreting, and naturally I picture my players and auditors as in accord with me. I know, of course, that my mannerisms have been widely discussed.
The office of President is a great one; to every true American it seems the greatest on earth. And to me, as I was engaged in weaving a background of music for the pageantry of it, there came a deeper realization of the effect of that office on the man.
Anybody can write music of a sort. But touching the public heart is quite another thing.
American teachers have one indisputable advantage over foreign ones; they understand the American temperament and can judge its unevenness, its lights and its shadows.
My religion lies in my composition.
Grand opera is the most powerful of stage appeals and that almost entirely through the beauty of music.
Remember always that the composer's pen is still mightier than the bow of the violinist; in you lie all the possibilities of the creation of beauty.