A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.
Try everything once except incest and folk dancing.
Composers should write tunes that chauffeurs and errand boys can whistle.
Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
Madam, you have between your legs an instrument capable of giving pleasure to thousands - and all you can do is scratch it
Try everything once except folk dancing and incest.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
I have just been all round the world and have formed a very poor opinion of it.
If an opera cannot be played by an organ grinder, it's not going to achieve immortality.
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.