Top 99 Symphony Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Symphony Quotes from famous people such as David Amram, Richard Ashcroft, Wayne Shorter, Christo, Jason Robards, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music,

I learned from my uncle that jazz, like symphony music, was built to last.
David Amram
‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ is one of the greatest pieces of modern art created by anyone. I’m not blowing my own trumpet here.
Richard Ashcroft
To me, a song is not finished. To me, there’s no such thing as a finished anything. All of Beethoven’s nine symphonies, to me, are one. I think of it as having no beginning and no end.
Wayne Shorter
If some of our works are symphonies, then wrapped walkways was chamber music.
‘Iceman’ covers a bigger scope than ‘Long Day’s Journey.’ But they’re both fabulous pieces of work. ‘Iceman’ is like a symphony. It’s got all the movements, all these different voices. ‘Long Day’s Journey’ is more like a beautiful string quartet.
Jason Robards
Whenever I heard the song of a bird and the answering call of its mate, I could visualize the notes in scale, all built up within my consciousness as a natural symphony.
William Christopher Handy
Rock music has always embraced – and even represented – rebellion, rowdiness, and a robust disdain for social decorum. But along with more classical art forms like theater, opera, and the symphony, it’s suffering from the distracted, smartphone-carrying audiences of the digital age.
Elizabeth Flock
The ‘Mozart Symphony No. 27’ is an early composition. I find it charming.
Itzhak Perlman
In concertos, I stand up, and I conduct with the bow when I’m not playing. During symphonies, I sit, but sometimes I stop playing to conduct. Being seated in a section allows me to feel more like we’re playing chamber music, which is how I like to approach it.
Joshua Bell
On Mars, where the air is spare – a hundred times less dense than on Earth – someone could hear you scream. But you’d have to really strain to get anyone’s attention. On the Red Planet, where the wind is high-pitched and faint, even a symphony orchestra will sound as thin as cheap gruel.
Seth Shostak
I never want projects to be finished; I have always believed in unfinished work. I got that from Schubert, you know, the ‘Unfinished Symphony.’
Yoko Ono
A symphony is no joke.
Johannes Brahms
The symphonies are the things that, as a soloist, I’ve not gotten to play. I used to travel the world playing concertos, and then I would sit and listen to the symphony.
Joshua Bell
Each piece I tell stands on its own, and then it all ties together. It segues from story to story, and then I wrap it up – like three-piece movements in a symphony.
Ron Shock
To have everything written for you… It’s not really creating. That’s why I think symphony drummers are so limited. They ‘re limited to exactly what was played a hundred years before them by a thousand other drummers.
Buddy Rich
Essentially, all expressions of human nature ever produced, from a caveman’s paintings to Mozart’s symphonies and Einstein’s view of the universe, emerge from the same source: the relentless dynamic toil of large populations of interconnected neurons.
Miguel Nicolelis
Subway Symphony is a little idea I had to change the sound of the subway turnstiles into different pieces of music, depending on what station you’re entering.
James Murphy
No, I don’t know how to get young people to start listening to jazz again. But I do know this: Any symphony orchestra that thinks it can appeal to under-30 listeners by suggesting that they ‘should’ like Schubert and Stravinsky has already lost the battle.
Terry Teachout
Composers love to write for symphony orchestras because the symphony is the Rolls Royce of musical instruments.
David Del Tredici
I’m like any other composer. If you give me five years to write a symphony, I’m still going to be asking for more time two days before it’s due.
Darren Criss
But some people will say you just did these programs. Well, yes, the programs are important and I’m proud of the programs, but mostly I’m proud of the way the San Francisco Symphony plays these programs.
Michael Tilson Thomas
I’m very proud of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Andris Nelsons
It’s a physical challenge. It’s a spiritual challenge. I’m studying almost every day a different symphony, not returning to any one for a week.
Gustavo Dudamel
You cannot own a symphony or a novel in the way you can own a Damien Hirst. As a result there are far fewer fake symphonies or fake novels than there are fake works of visual art.
Roger Scruton
Long track is more of a symphony… You’re out there and you want to get in the zone.
Eddy Alvarez
My experience with the Detroit Symphony has been musically very satisfying. They have a wonderful sound, which for me is one of the most important qualities in an orchestra.
Itzhak Perlman
To play with a symphony today is just fabulous.
Glen Campbell
Now I’m having the time of my life being on the road with one of the world’s all-time great big bands, and performing with symphonies. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Doc Severinsen
In a time when directors did not fear composers with a strong voice, Morricone wrote scores like operas or symphonies, with passion, scope, bravura and intelligence.
Alexandre Desplat
I grew up loving symphonies. Beethoven is beautiful.
Lil Xan
Music is such an important part of society, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra offers such great quality, and we just want to share it.
Andris Nelsons
God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate wi

God comes to us in theater in the way we communicate with each other, whether it be a symphony orchestra, or a wonderful ballet, or a beautiful painting, or a play. It’s a way of expressing our humanity.
Julie Harris
When I was very young, I remember my mother telling me about a friend of hers in Germany, a pianist who played a symphony that wasn’t permitted, and the Germans came up on stage and broke every finger on her hands. I grew up with stories of Nazis breaking the fingers of Jews.
Steven Spielberg
I was always the kid on scholarship, I was a soloist with my company, I’d been working with the symphony since I was 14.
Summer Glau
Cleveland has a very bad reputation, but there’s a lot of stuff that’s left over from when there were very wealthy people – the Art Museum and a world class symphony that’s still world class.
Harvey Pekar
One of our books has been made into a musical, ‘The Great American Mousical,’ which I directed at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut. And another, ‘Simeon’s Gift,’ has been adapted for a symphony orchestra and five performers. I’m also a very proud member of the board of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Julie Andrews
Focusing on that one review you feel is unfair misses the value, which is the whole symphony of opinions you get on your page.
Jeremy Stoppelman
When I think of music, I think of music in its totality, complete. From the lowest blues to the highest symphony, you know, so what I’d like to do is exemplify each style of as many periods as I can possibly do.
Donny Hathaway
I don’t believe in a composer who is only able to compose, who can’t play or conduct, can only use a computer. If that trend continues there will be no more symphonies, no more oratorios.
Krzysztof Penderecki
This is what I want in heaven… words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.
Tina Turner
I never listen to music when I am writing. It would be impossible. I listen to Bach in the mornings, mostly choral music; also some Handel, mostly songs and arias; I like Schubert’s and Beethoven’s chamber music and Sibelius’ symphonies; for opera, I listen to Mozart and in recent years Wagner.
Colm Toibin
I remain extraordinarily proud of the Vaughan Williams symphonies I recorded with the LSO, and in the 1980s and ’90s, I made an almost complete cycle of orchestral works by Richard Strauss with the Vienna Philharmonic.
Andre Previn
It’s different for people who have not seen a symphony conductor conduct from a chair. I feel very connected to the orchestra in a way that a conductor sometimes does not feel. I think it’s more visceral.
Joshua Bell
When I listen to symphonies, or long pieces of music, there are so many different moods and movements, and things that are really beautiful going to something with a lot of tension.
John Petrucci
I started writing my own symphony. I wrote about a page and a half. My mum and dad took it into music class and gave it, pleased as punch, to the teacher, Miss Montgomery. She played it on the piano for them. So I think they’re the only ones that ever heard it.
Mark Bonnar
Urban renewal always happens as a symphony of events, and part of the symphony is innovative, optimistic developers with the ability and willingness to transform historic properties.
Dan Gilbert
It feels like my job is to support people. I support great artists. When I worked with a symphony, I sat in the third chair, not the first chair.
Nile Rodgers
We’ve been performing with symphonies all of our career and it sounds so wonderful when they play ‘My Girl’ with the large string section, I want to turn around and look.
Otis Williams
I can’t stand going out to one more dinner with some Mrs. So-and-So who might leave a million dollars to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when she dies.
Daniel Barenboim
Although, I am proud of all my Symphonies as they all have something special to say, my particular favourite is the Fifth. As the great Mahler expert Donald Mitchell said that if Mahler had written another Symphony, it would have been my Fifth!
Malcolm Arnold
It’s a wonderful thing to play with symphony orchestras – I’ve played with many – but it’s really special in Israel because you have so many great musicians.
Jose Feliciano
My earliest memories are listening to my Grandmother playing the piano at our house as I jumped up and down on the couch. She was a violinist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the 30s and 40s, and was a huge influence on me.
James Newton Howard
The code of life is like a Beethoven symphony. We have not yet learned how to write music like that. But evolution does it very well. I am learning how to use evolution to compose new music.
Frances Arnold