Musically Miscellany:

A Cacophony of Musical Quotes!


“The trombone is a sinful and uncouth instrument, and too evil for a righteous person to play.”

- Late 1880's, By James Henry Fillmore, the father of Henry Fillmore, American composer of Marches
 

“Never look at the trombones, it only encourages them.

- Richard Wagner, German Composer, 1813-1883
 

“Wagner's music is better than it sounds.”

- Mark Twain, 1835-1910
 

“All music is Folk Music, I ain't never heard a horse sing a song.”

- Louis Armstrong, Musician, Singer, World ambassador of Jazz, 1901-1971
 

“Play the gayest tunes in your books, play them loud and keep on playing them, and never mind if a
bullet goes through a trombone, or even a trombonist, now and then.”

- By General Phillip Sheridan during the Civil War upon ordering his band to go to the front of the battle line to play
 

“Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains.”

- John Philip Sousa, Composer and Band Leader, 1854-1932
 

“A good composer does not imitate, he steals.”

 - Igor Stravinsky, Composer, 1882-1971
 

“Of all the noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.”

- Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784
 

“I play a musical instrument some, but only for my own amazement.”

- Fred Allen, Humorist, 1936
 

“God tells me how he wants the music played, and you get in his way.”

- Arturo Toscanini to his band, 1867-1957
 

“Brass bands are all very well in their place - outdoors and several miles away.”

- Sir Thomas Beecham, 1879-1961
 

“Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.”

- Voltaire, 1694-1778
 

“Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.”

- Henry Van Dyke, 1852-1933
 

"General:  The general commanding is desirous that as much silence shall be preserved in the
army as possible, and in order that this end may be attained he wishes the use of the bass
drum entirely discontinued, also the practice or use of any band music or field music s
ave the usual bugle calls.  All cheering of bodies of men, except in battle, should also
be dispensed with.  You will please give the necessary orders in your command to
continue in force until further orders.  I am, general, very respectfully , yours &c,."

- Letter from Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi to Maj. Gen George H. Thomas, commanding Army of the Cumberland, May 12, 1864
 

“The devil does not stay where music is.”

- Martin Luther, Theologian, 1483-1546
 

“Hell is full of musical amateurs.”

- George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950
 

“The trouble with much modern music is that you can't tell when the record is worn out.”

- Anonymous
 

“I think popular music in this country is one of the few things in the twentieth century that have made giant strides in reverse.”

- Bing Crosby, singer
 

“I don't know anything about music, in my line you don't have to.”

- Elvis Presley, 1935-1977


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