There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved
The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
Ludwig van Beethoven
There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
Johann Sebastian Bach
The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.
"In the passage quoted here from Monteverdi's madrigal [Cruda amarilli, mm.9-19 and 24-30], one sees a tonality determined by the characteristic of the accord parfait on the tonic, by the sixth chord assigned to the third and seventh degrees, by the optional choice of the accord parfait or the sixth chord on the sixth degree, and finally, by the accord parfait, and above all, by the unprepared seventh chord (with major third) on the dominant."
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.
Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.
Hector Louis Berlioz
I bequeath all my property to my wife on the condition that she remarry immediately. Then there will be at least one man to regret my death.
Experience has two things to teach; the first is that we must correct a great deal; the second, that we must not correct too much.
In spring's own country, where the gardens blow,
You faded, tender rose! For hours now past,
Like butterflies departing, on you're cast
The worms of memories to work you woe.
Rules of society are nothing; ones conscience is the umpire.
How glorious it is -- and also how painful -- to be an exception.