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Doing Composers

I grew up on Bach and Beethoven, and now I'm listening to more modern composers who I can't even name. But since I'm constantly doing music, it's difficult to have that quality time to listen to music and do classical stuff.

- A. R. Rahman

Love Musicians

I basically love classical music. I love a lot of musicians playing together and the whole culture of that, whether it's Indian or it's Western.

- A. R. Rahman

Jazz Want

My roots are in classical music and jazz, and I want the freedom of being able to improvise. This freedom is possible only in a live concert.

- Adnan Sami

Strong About

The strong bond of sisterhood was a famous trait in classical art and literature about Amazons. But it was modern people who interpreted that as a sexual preference for women. That started in the 20th century. The Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva declared that Amazons were symbolic of lesbianism in antiquity.

- Adrienne Mayor

Think Techno

All music is dance music. But when people think of dance music, they think of techno or just house. Anything you can dance to is dance music. I don't care if it's classical, funk, salsa, reggae, calypso; it's all dance music.

- Afrika Bambaataa

Voices Then

Guided By Voices was huge when I was 16. Then I got into the Beatles, then classical music, Beethoven.

- Albert Hammond, Jr.

Wife Now

My whole life is classical now. Except my wife. I don't have a classical wife. I have a classy wife, but I don't have a classical wife.

- Alec Baldwin

Music Scene Our

It is interesting that our biggest fans are the greatest names of the classical music scene, such as Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Mischa Maisky and Gidon Kremer. They even make guest appearances in our concerts occasionally.

- Aleksey Igudesman

Got Pop

For me, personally, the most interesting music comes from the popular sector - from film and pop music - since contemporary classical music got stuck and went into directions where it lost a lot of the public by over-intellectualizing.

- Aleksey Igudesman

Show Our

Our first show, 'A Little Nightmare Music,' encompasses a lot of zany humor with beautiful classical music.

- Aleksey Igudesman

Music Mostly

I listen mostly to classical music.

- Alexandra Fuller

Violin Guess

I started with the classical violin when I was 6, and I guess it went well.

- Alison Krauss

Studied Ten

I studied classical percussion for ten years.

- Alycia Debnam-Carey

Love I Remember

I love contrast in music. Being inspired by classical, actually - in high school especially - classical and metal both, I remember having this cool realization that they are really similar. It's just different instrumentation.

- Amy Lee

Father Very

My father knew classical music very well. Driving in the car, listening to the radio, he could name every composer, every movement, what piece it was. I was fascinated by the way he recognized who wrote what.

- Anat Cohen

Training Jazz

My initial training was on the keyboard - mainly the great American songbook. In junior high, during the day, I was a classical clarinetist, but after school, I played New Orleans jazz and big-band music.

- Anat Cohen

Back Go

First of all, we have to go back to the classical time control.

- Anatoly Karpov

Music World

The classical music world is so snobbish.

- Andre Rieu

Film Moved

When I was at drama school I wanted to do classical theatre. It just so happened that I did a film when I came out and I moved that way.

- Andrew Lincoln

The History Of

Even as I pursued a doctorate in the history of ideas in my native Denmark, I realized I had neither the encyclopedic training nor the passion for cool logic - not to mention the nerve - to follow in the footsteps of classical liberal philosophers and economists such as Robert Nozick, Friedrich Hayek, and Milton Friedman.

- Anne Fortier

Woman Play

To me idealized characters are so boring to play, especially having grown up in the classical theater. That's a great experience, but as a woman, especially, you've played a lot of idealized characters. So when you've got someone who has weaknesses as well as strengths, that's interesting.

- Annette Bening

Holistic Been

My training has been in Hindustani classical, and I have done a six-week course in English vocals at Berklee. The holistic learning has helped me a lot.

- Armaan Malik

Issues Been

I have loads of issues with the way classical music is presented. It has been too reverential, too 'high art' - if you're not in the club, they're not going to let you join. It's like The Turin Shroud: don't touch it because it might fall apart.

- Charles Hazlewood

Love Works

A love of classical music is only partially a natural response to hearing the works performed, it also must come about by a decision to listen carefully, to pay close attention, a decision inevitably motivated by the cultural and social prestige of the art.

- Charles Rosen


I trained as a classical guitarist but that was it.

- Colin Greenwood

Kid Studied

I wasn't even a theater kid in high school. I studied classical piano, and I ran track.

- Condola Rashad

Jazz Records

I grew up listening to hipster jazz and classical records... we went and watched ballet and orchestras - lots of cool stuff. Which I'm really grateful for - it's pretty nice being introduced to that when you're little.

- Courtney Barnett

Feel Been

I don't think my background in Zambia has really affected my lens because my classical training has been Western-style. But it's fantastically fortuitous to have been born African because I don't feel I have a vested interest to the U.S. or China or wherever.

- Dambisa Moyo

Sound Improvise

When we improvise freely - that is, without a structure - it tends to sound more like 20th century classical music, more like a classical ensemble improvising, as opposed to a free-jazz group, where you're more used to hearing saxophones honking.

- John Abercrombie

Kid Played

I played classical as a kid.

- John Legend

Play Leading

I was a stage actor for 20 years or so; I was leading men in classical things. 'Shakespeare,' you know. And now, I never play leading men. I'm that kamikaze comic that comes from the left, turns the table over, and leaves, or the hyper-intelligent yuppie scumbag if it's a drama.

- John Michael Higgins

Father Mother

My father was a classical musician and my mother was a writer.

- John Sebastian

Voice Opera

The voice muscle doesn't last forever. I have a lot of friends who are classical and opera singers. My friend Beverly Sills stopped singing in her 50s, so I'm careful with mine. But I'll keep going as long as it lets me.

- Johnny Mathis

Love Use

I love classical music; I love the way it's worked... all those chord sequences so I often use that sort of effect in my solos.

- Jon Lord

Life Loves

Anyone who knows classical music and loves classical music has heard the Beethoven Seventh hundreds of times probably in their life.

- Joshua Bell

New Things Small

It's a small community, the classical music community, along with the excitement of new places and new things and this feeling of being at home wherever you go because that's where your community is.

- Joshua Roman

Love Doing

If you love classical playwrights, seek out companies or places that are doing that. If you love modern playwrights, try to find groups who are writing new plays or working on new plays. If you love television, watch as much theater and film as you can.

- Juliet Rylance

Play Moved

I never really had the chance to play the kind of music I wanted to play. It was always just classical. It had its limits. I play piano now and again in the new forms of music that I actually want to play, but at the time, it was something that I just kind of moved past.

- GRiZ

Listening Like

Right now I'm listening to a lot of different things but I listen to a lot of classical music. Eventually I would like to compose and perform classical.

- Ben Harper

Very Concentrate

I'm very fond of classical music, especially Mozart. I find it relaxes me and helps me concentrate.

- Guler Sabanci

Like Ticket

Classical music in Venezuela is now something like a pop concert. You can see people screaming or crying because they don't have a ticket.

- Gustavo Dudamel

Study Completion

Because the completion of labour service was a precondition for permission to study at the university, I was able to begin my studies of Germanistics and Classical Philology during the summer term of 1939.

- Heinrich Boll

Good Violent

The violent quarrel between the abstractionists and the surrealists seems to me quite unnecessary. All good art has contained both abstract and surrealist elements, just as it has contained both classical and romantic elements - order and surprise, intellect and imagination, conscious and unconscious.

- Henry Moore

Loud Them

What I do for migraines when I get them, I listen to classical music, and I turn it up really loud.

- Ian McLagan

Most Ever

The classical example of a successful research programme is Newton's gravitational theory: possibly the most successful research programme ever.

- Imre Lakatos


It'll help you be imaginative if you listen to classical music. It helps you understand dynamics and how important they are to create an environment.

- Brittany Howard

Had Gotten

With a computer, there are too many choices, and I always liked working within limits. You know, if you look at Mozart, who had this strict classical framework - an allegro, an andante, a scherzo and a finale - you see that within that formula, he got results he might never have gotten if he had all the options in the world.

- Irving Harper

Rehearsal Clear

When working with classical musicians, it is important to be clear as possible in the score about what my intentions are. Because there isn't a lot of rehearsal time, especially at the ballet, it's best if everything is written in the score.

- Bryce Dessner

Rock Star Out

I came from a classical background, and I was teaching and earning a living out of music at a certain level, so it's funny to make it as a rock star when we're 40 or whatever.

- Bryce Dessner

Studying Very

My background in music is classical - I did graduate school in music. At that time, I was studying composition, but I was studying classical guitar very seriously.

- Bryce Dessner

My Life Been

I've always been in rock bands. I was in a rock band with my brother in high school. Then I was playing classical guitar recitals, and people said, 'You know, you can't really do both things.' My intuition told me they were wrong. Somehow, what was interesting about me was that I had those two things in my life.

- Bryce Dessner

Way Performer

Early on, I was a performer playing classical music. It's in my DNA in a way that I can't begin to extract it.

- Bryce Dessner

Back Cause

Me, who's educated classically, I went toward rock music 'cause it was sort of a natural evolution from where I was playing with my brother. But I was always drawn back into classical music.

- Bryce Dessner

Me Only

For me as a writer, Albanian is simply an extraordinary means of expression - rich, malleable, adaptable. As I have said in my latest novel, 'Spiritus,' it has modalities that exist only in classical Greek, which puts one in touch with the mentality of antiquity.

- Ismail Kadare

Dancers Danish

If I had to reflect on the finest classical male ballet dancers of my time, Vladimir Vasiliev of the Bolshoi and the Danish dancer Eric Bruhn were, I feel, without peer.

- Jacques d'Amboise

Student Teaching

The day is past when schools could afford to give sufficient time and attention to the teaching of the ancient languages to enable the student to get that enjoyment out of classical literature that made the lives of our grandfathers so rich.

- James Loeb

Piano Percussion

I grew up playing classical piano and percussion.

- Janina Gavankar

Thought Want

I used to watch those rock videos where they would chainsaw the piano. And I thought, 'That's what I want to do.' I thought classical music was corny.

- Jason Moran

Lover Old

I am a classical music lover - not necessarily the contemporary stuff, but the old stuff.

- Eberhard Weber

Language Honor

Few words in any language carry such a load of meaning as 'honor.' It is an old word, unchanged even in its spelling from classical Latin to modern English. Spoken or written, it does not seem to require much explanation; most people think they know what it means.

- Edmund Morgan

Beginning Feel

I grew up as a dancer, and music and dance are so closely tied that in ballet class, you're listening to all this classical music, and in modern class, you're working with a live drummer. It was something that always made me feel really comfortable, and I've had a connection to since the beginning.

- Jillian Hervey

Jazz About

Both of my mom's parents were music teachers, so I got a lot of knowledge about everything from classical music to jazz to musicals.

- Jillian Hervey

Religion Divine

The difference between religion and morality lies simply in the classical division of things into the divine and the human, if one only interprets this correctly.

- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Love Big

I am a massive fan of early electronica like Steve Reich, Pat Metheny and Thomas Dolby. I used to be a big raver, too, so anything dance. I love ambient music like Tunng. I love acoustic and classical, too.

- Kate Fleetwood

Sure Influenced

From the spiritual came the blues, gospel, and rhythm-and-blues. I heard all of that music growing up, and that has influenced how I approached classical music. I'm sure of it.

- Kathleen Battle

Metal Looked

If you looked at my iPod, you would get a trip out of all the different music, from the real heavy metal to bluegrass to classical.

- Eric Close

Play Own

I have never learned to read or write music so I am not a virtuoso musician like the others you mentioned. I am completely unable to play like them because I never learned classical music, I just developed my own crazy style!

- Ken Hensley

I Think Inform

I did stand-up for a long time, and I did classical theater. As much time as you could spend on a stage will always inform you and your job, as you evolve. I feel the freedom of being able to find comedy in the darkest moments because it makes it way more interesting, I think.

- Kevin Durand

Your Child About

It was not a secret, then or now, that there is something vaguely un-American about forcing your child to be really good at classical music performance.

- Euny Hong

Used Part

When I was younger, I used to do that a lot: I would hear a part of a song that would really relax me and then put it on repeat. That would send me to sleep. It was quite obvious classical music, people like Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel.

- King Krule

Sound About

Though my poems are about evenly split between traditionally formal work that uses rhyme and meter and classical structure, and work that is freer, I feel that the music of language remains at the core of it all. Sound, rhythm, repetition, compression - these elements of my poetry are also elements of my prose.

- Floyd Skloot

Jazz Young

I listen to Neil Young and jazz and classical stations and, if my girlfriend's driving, it tends to be Hall & Oates.

- Frank Black

Paid Dues

I've paid my dues in the classical trenches.

- Laila Robins

Mom Had

I had piano lessons when I was five or six years old, so my mom got me this little keyboard in my room. And then it progressed from that to classical guitar and drums and oboe.

- Lapsley

Touch Epitome

What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch?

- Lara St. John

Everyone United

The world of classical music is so fascinating. It's a world that encompasses people from everywhere and erases the basic restraints of nationality; everyone is united by this common language of music.

- Gael Garcia Bernal

Unexpected Cycle

In New Classical theory, periods of declining employment - business cycle downturns - may be caused by an unexpected decline in aggregate demand, which leaves workers mistakenly holding out for nominal wages that exceed the new market-clearing level.

- George Akerlof

Wait Allowed

Andres Segovia, the great name for guitar, he put classical guitar on the map. He was the proponent of it, the best in the world. So I was listening to a record that he had made, and a little bauble happened in the middle of the record. A finger slipped, and I said, 'Wait a minute. He's not allowed to make mistakes,' - my mind.

- George Benson

Own Countries

I have observed, too, that the people of the many countries that I have visited are showing an ever increasing interest in the classical and traditional music of their own cultures.

- George Crumb

Texts Cannot

I cannot understate the ability to handle classical texts such as Shakespeare.

- Louise Jameson

Respect Violin

Even in classical music, the cello doesn't get a lot of respect because the piano and the violin get it all.

- Luka Sulic

Always Notes

Because in classical music cello is not regarded as a popular choice, it's always playing the long, boring notes.

- Luka Sulic

Like Some

I like to listen the blues and some classical.

- Peter Tork

Big Like

People wanted to do science outside of classical institutions like universities or big corporations, so we embraced it.

- Ryan Bethencourt

Jazz Very

When I started music, I started out in Puerto Rico with classical music. But what really made me want to be a musician was jazz, and because I didn't grow up with jazz, I had to learn it from a very basic level. I had to go into the history and learn everything about the development of the music, all the players and all that stuff.

- Miguel Zenon

Jazz Became

I became a professional musician and played all kinds of music. I played bluegrass, I played classical music, and for many years, I played jazz.

- Terry Teachout

How Greek

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence, with bravery and mercy.

- Theodore White

Like Centuries

I like classical music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and I adore Bach above all.

- Gregory Maguire

Father Always

My parents met in music school and my father was a music professor and conductor. Growing up, we always had classical and contemporary music playing. There was a lot of Mozart and the Beatles.

- Sara Zarr

Father Always

My parents met in music school, and my father was a music professor and conductor. Growing up, we always had classical and contemporary music playing.

- Sara Zarr

Long Bit

Having started in theatre, for a long time I wanted to be a classical actress. But I've always loved making people laugh - at school, I was quite mischievous, and bit by bit, I found myself working more and more in comedy.

- Sarah Alexander

Shot Satirist

If you don't know Tom Lehrer, you should - in addition to being a classical pianist, mathematician, songwriter, satirist, researcher at Los Alamos and, he claims, inventor of the Jell-O shot, he is just delightfully funny and graceful.

- Rachel Sklar

Play Big

I play only classical music. My pianos are my only big indulgence, but they're a necessity. When I'm playing the piano is literally the only time I can be completely abstract and disconnected from the regular world and yet be connected - to my music.

- Rafael Vinoly

Heartbreak Sense

I have experienced heartbreak but not in a classical sense.

- Timothee Chalamet

Good Very

I'm not a really good classical guitarist by any means, but what I learned from this is a way of working very slowly on solo pieces and I enjoyed working on these pieces of John's. They were not written for solo guitar but a lot of them were easy to adapt.

- Marc Ribot

Own Dancers

My brother had a house in Paris. To it came many Western classical musicians. These musicians all made the same point: 'Indian music,' they said, 'is beautiful when we hear it with the dancers. On its own, it is repetitious and monotonous.'

- Ravi Shankar

Last Read

In the olden days, I believe Mozart also improvised on piano, but somehow in the last 200 years, the whole training of Western classical music - they don't read between the lines, they just read the lines.

- Ravi Shankar

Been Mixed

In India, I have been called a 'destroyer.' But that is only because they mixed my identity as a performer and as a composer. As a composer I have tried everything, even electronic music and avant-garde. But as a performer I am, believe me, getting more classical and more orthodox, jealously protecting the heritage that I have learned.

- Ravi Shankar

Written Down

In the U.K., classical music is composed by individuals and written down. Indian music is based on certain sequences called ragas. When I perform live, 95% of the music is improvised: it never sounds the same twice.

- Ravi Shankar

Love Dad

I got my interest in Lotte Lenya and the Brecht-Weill canon from my parents. And I love classical music - I got that from my parents. I love Cole Porter - that I got from my dad.

- Marianne Faithfull