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1. "Many fail to realize this great recording industry was built by so-called jazz artists. And at the other end of the spectrum, a base in European classical music as well."
Author: Ahmad Jamal
2. "There was the noise itself, which he thought of vaguely as the noise of classical music, sameish and rhetorical, full of feelings people surely never had"
Author: Alan Hollinghurst
3. "I'm a fan of many different styles of classical and symphonic music."
Author: Billy Sheehan
4. "My mother was a classical pianist and my stepfather was an industrialist who was passionate about composing contemporary music."
Author: Carla Bruni
5. "Do you think if two people liked the same thing, it could bring them closer together?""Certainly... Take classical music, for instance... Two people who shared a love for Beethoven could become very close...""How about TV?"
Author: Charles M. Schulz
6. "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."
Author: Charles Rosen
7. "The Classic games were Classic because, like classical music or architecture, they strove to give life and weight to ideals of order and proportion, to provide a vision of timelessness. In 'Double Dragon,' we can see the cracks in the brick, the mold growing on the drainage pipes, the unmistakable deterioration of the world we live in."
Author: D. B. Weiss
8. "Jazz stands for freedom. It's supposed to be the voice of freedom: Get out there and improvise, and take chances, and don't be a perfectionist - leave that to the classical musicians."
Author: Dave Brubeck
9. "A classical LP was playing...... Jealous and sweet, this music was, sobbing and gorgeous, muddy and crystal.But if the right words existed the music wouldn't need to."
Author: David Mitchell
10. "My family were all into classical music, and I found that very intimidating."
Author: Elizabeth McGovern
11. "I'm not really involved with politics... I'm living in my cocoon with my classical music around."
Author: Eva Green
12. "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."
Author: George Crumb
13. "I like classical music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and I adore Bach above all."
Author: Gregory Maguire
14. "It's not that people don't like classical music. It's that they don't have the chance to understand and to experience it."
Author: Gustavo Dudamel
15. "When I began competing with the other artists in New York, I discovered classical North Indian music."
Author: Henry Flynt
16. "I like to listen to classical music... I like mainline jazz."
Author: Herb Alpert
17. "The human attitude of which classical music is the expression is always the same; it is always based on the same kind of insight into life and strives for the same kind of victory over blind chance. Classical music as gesture signifies knowledge of the tragedy of the human condition, affirmation of human destiny, courage, cheerful serenity."
Author: Hermann Hesse
18. "Classical music only really came into my life in 1969. I wish I had heard classical music and church music when I was a teenager or even as a child."
Author: Ian Anderson
19. "That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise."
Author: Itzhak Perlman
20. "Classical music presents some of the world's most challenging pieces."
Author: Jake Shimabukuro
21. "I am best served in my life's goals if I lay in the dark, brood, sleep, listen to classical music, spend time with my few friends, and chase women. That's what I do. I chase women. I spend time with my few friends. I brood. I sleep. I earn money, and I work."
Author: James Ellroy
22. "I went to college on a classical piano scholarship. My grandmother made me practice one full hour a day. Every day. Man. I thought all she wanted was for me not to have any fun. Next thing you know, you have a career in music. Now, not everybody's going to go on and be Mozart or Michael Jackson. But music makes you smarter."
Author: Jamie Foxx
23. "I had a big background in listening to classical music and I started trying to compose, like I was playing the guitar but I heard an orchestra in my head."
Author: John Fahey
24. "As a rule, my focus is on classical music, but I love jazz. I love everything, actually."
Author: Julie Andrews
25. "I love listening to classical music."
Author: Katharine McPhee
26. "He helped make Living Things even more crazy than I wanted it to be. He added old-fashioned piano and classical folk music - that weird otherworldly vibe - all these elements got onto the record."
Author: Matthew Sweet
27. "I became a set designer for opera. I'm a great opera buff, I love classical music, and I needed a time-out."
Author: Maurice Sendak
28. "Autumn is a classical music; when it begins, the gravity disappears!"
Author: Mehmet Murat Ildan
29. "But those musics do not address the larger kind of architecture in time that classical music does, whatever each one of us knows that classical music must mean."
Author: Michael Tilson Thomas
30. "I was born out of classical music."
Author: Mika
31. "I was always involved in the arts from a young age. I started studying classical piano at age four as a student of the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music."
Author: Monica Raymund
32. "Jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music."
Author: Nina Simone
33. "I also like Western classical music and jazz."
Author: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
34. "There are ominous signs about the future of classical music. The record companies are facing threats from piracy and unauthorized downloading. It's important for those of us who have achieved success to speak out for the choristers and violinists, and beginning artists who won't have work at all if the piracy continues."
Author: Renee Fleming
35. "Drink a cup of herbal tea, if you like. Listen to some soft classical music and prepare yourself to drift"
Author: Robin S. Sharma
36. "Regular church-goers are substantially more likely than non-attenders to read, to take newspapers and magazines, to listen to classical music, to attend symphony concerts, operas, and stage plays."
Author: Rodney Stark
37. "Champagne arrived in flûtes on trays, and we emptied them with gladness in our hearts... for when feasts are laid and classical music is played, where champagne is drunk once the sun has sunk and the season of summer is alive in spicy bloom, and beautiful women fill the room, and are generous with laughter and smiles... these things fill men's hearts with joy and remind one that life's bounty is not always fleeting but can be captured, and enjoyed. It is in writing about this scene that I relive this night in my soul."
Author: Roman Payne
38. "I had 12 years of classical music as a child, playing piano competitions as a teenager, playing in blues bands and rock 'n' roll bands, country and jazz bands. I played in about any situation."
Author: Ronnie Milsap
39. "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."
Author: Sara Zarr
40. "Life, like classical music, is full of difficult passages that are conquered as much through endurance and determination as through any particular skill."
Author: Sheri L. Dew
41. "Even the most jingoistic person would have to admit that even American cultural music comes from Europe. That's what classical music is, real European music."
Author: Sonny Rollins
42. "I also have a big love of classical music played on piano because this is the environment I grew up in my brother being one of the great masters in this world."
Author: Suzi Quatro
43. "I love hip-hop; I love Sleigh Bells. I also love classical music and musical theater."
Author: Tatiana Maslany
44. "When I listen to music today, it is about 99 percent classical. I rarely even listen to folk music, the music of my own specialty, because folk music is to me more limited than classical music."
Author: Tom Glazer
45. "I've never had any feeling of disconnection between the classical theater, or the contemporary theater, or musical theater, or the thing that we call opera."
Author: Trevor Nunn
46. "I actually write film music because I'm classically trained on the piano so as well as songwriting I also write actual film music that could be used for movies like war movies and love movies."
Author: Vanessa Brown
47. "A first-rate college library with a comfortable campus around it is a fine milieu for a writer. There is, of course, the problem of educating the young. I remember how once, between terms, not at Cornell, a student brought a transistor set with him into the reading room. He managed to state that one, he was playing "classical" music; that two, he was doing it "softly"; and that three, "there were not many readers around in summer." I was there, a one-man multitude."
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
48. "On horseback you feel as if you're moving in time to classical music; a camel seems to progress to the beat of a drum played by a drunk."
Author: Walter Moers
49. "In his entirely personal experience of them, English was jazz music, German was classical music, French was ecclesiastical music, and Spanish was from the streets. Which is to stay, stab his heart and it would bleed French, slice his brain open and its convolutions would be lined with English and German, and touch his hands and they would feel Spanish."
Author: Yann Martel
50. "But the problem with readers, the idea we're given of reading is that the model of a reader is the person watching a film, or watching television. So the greatest principle is, "I should sit here and I should be entertained." And the more classical model, which has been completely taken away, is the idea of a reader as an amateur musician. An amateur musician who sits at the piano, has a piece of music, which is the work, made by somebody they don't know, who they probably couldn't comprehend entirely, and they have to use their skills to play this piece of music. The greater the skill, the greater the gift that you give the artist and that the artist gives you. That's the incredibly unfashionable idea of reading. And yet when you practice reading, and you work at a text, it can only give you what you put into it. It's an old moral, but it's completely true."
Author: Zadie Smith

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