The sound of the harpsichord resembles that of a bird-cage played with toasting-forks.
A musicologist is a man who can read music but cannot hear it.
Movie music is noise... even more painful than my sciatica.
All the arts in America are a gigantic racket run by unscrupulous men for unhealthy women.
Most of them sound like they live on seaweed.
A city life for me!
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.
The grand tune is the only thing in music that the great public really understands.
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
If I cannot sing a work, I cannot conduct it.
Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.
No composer has written as much as 100 bars of worthwhile music since 1925.
Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.