Quotations About / On:
The English may not like music, but they absolutely love the noise it makes.
(Thomas Beecham (1879-1961), British conductor. Quoted in New York Herald Tribune (March 9, 1961).)
Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.
(Noël Coward (1899-1973), British actor, playwright, composer. Amanda, in Private Lives, act 1 (1930), published in Play Parade (1931).
In the 1930 recording of the play, the words (spoken by Gertrude Lawrence) were "Strange how potent cheap music is.")
Always, however brutal an age may actually have been, its style transmits its music only.
(André Malraux (1901-1976), French man of letters, statesman. Quoted in Lillian Smith, The Journey, ch. 15 (1955).)
Music's a wonderful background for our thoughts, isn't it?
(Arnold Phillips, Max Nosseck (1902-1972), Polish, and Hugh Gray. Max Nosseck. Reginald Parker (John Loder), The Brighton Strangler, speaking to the Chief of Police at his home (1945).)
All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music.
(Walter Pater (1839-1894), British essayist, critic. Studies in the History of the Renaissance, "The School of Giorgione," (1873).)
Music is a beautiful opiate, if you don't take it too seriously.
(Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).)
My aversion from music rests on political grounds.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 4, p. 113, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).)
A nation creates musicthe composer only arranges it.
(Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Russian composer. Quoted in Theatre Arts Magazine (New York, June 1958).)
Music proposes. Sound disposes.
(Babette Deutsch (1895-1982), U.S. poet. "Electronic Concert," line 1 (1969).)
Today, music heralds ... the establishment of a society of repetition in which nothing will happen anymore.
(Jacques Attali (b. 1943), Algerian-born French economist, writer. Noise: The Political Economy of Music, ch. 1 (1977).)