Top Schubert Quotes

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1. "I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature."
Author: Anne Stevenson
2. "As to...old composers like Schubert or Beethoven, I imagine that, while modern music expresses both feeling, thought and imagination, they expressed pure feeling. And you know all day sitting at work, eating, walking, etc., you have hundreds of feelings that can't be put into words. And that is why I think that in a sense music is the highest of the arts, because it really begins where the others leave off."
Author: C.S. Lewis
3. "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."
Author: Colm Toibin
4. "Brahms believed that there was no need to publish absolutely everything that Schubert ever wrote."
Author: Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
5. "In Romanticism, the main determinant is the mood, the atmosphere. And in that regard, you could also describe Schubert as a Romantic."
Author: Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
6. "Rather, I believe that it is very good, if, with the aid of his songs, we can be reminded, among other things, of the social conditions under which Schubert had to work."
Author: Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
7. "O que é sensível tem de morrer pelo fogo, qual borboleta frágil da noite. E é por isso, diz Erika Kohut, que estes dois seres doentes à mais alta escala, isto é, Schumann e Schubert, irmanados pela partilha do mesmo prefixo, são os que têm um lugar mais próximo do meu coração dilacerado. Não o Schumann a quem já todos os pensamentos desertaram, mas o Schumann, mesmo mesmo antes disso ter acontecido! Uma unha negra antes disso! Ele já adivinha a deserção do seu espírito, já sofre com isso até aos seus vasos mais capilares, despede-se já da sua vida consciente, embrenhando-se pelos coros dos anjos e dos demónios, segura-se, porém, mais uma última vez, não mais possuidor da sua total consciência. Ainda um perscrutar nostálgico mais, o luto pela perda do bem mais precioso: ele próprio. A fase em que ainda se sabe o que em si próprio se perde, antes de renunciar por completo."
Author: Elfriede Jelinek
8. "We were at the Schubert Theater for two years. And we were the first act."
Author: Eydie Gorme
9. "I am in the world only for the purpose of composing.Franz Schubert"
Author: Franz Schubert
10. "I want to say at once that I frankly believe that Irving Berlin is the greatest songwriter that has ever lived.... His songs are exquisite cameos of perfection, and each one of them is as beautiful as its neighbor. Irving Berlin remains, I think, America's Schubert."
Author: George Gershwin
11. "We know that a man can read Goethe or Rilke in the evening, that he can play Bach and Schubert, and go to his day's work at Auschwitz in the morning."
Author: George Steiner
12. "Schubert vagy Mozart, meg bizonyos költok és rockénekesek módjára rövid ido alatt, félelmetes lendülettel elhasználni az áradó tehetséget, drámai körülmények között, fiatalon meghalni, majd legendává válni életútnak talán vonzó, de nagy többségünk számára valószínuleg nem szolgál útmutatással." (77. old.)"
Author: Haruki Murakami
13. "But it wasn't just a technical approach towards the piano, studying the music for this film was also a way of approaching the soul of the film, because the film is really about the soul of Schubert and the soul of Bach."
Author: Isabelle Huppert
14. "Leave off driving your composers. It might prove to be as dangerous as it is generally unnecessary. After all, composing cannot be turned out like spinning or sewing. Some respected colleagues (Bach, Mozart, Schubert) have spoilt the world terribly. But if we can't imitate them in the beauty of their writing, we should certainly beware of seeking to match the speed of their writing. It would also be unjust to put all the blame on idleness alone. Many factors combine to make writing harder for us (my contemporaries), and especially me. If, incidentally, they would use us poets for some other purpose, they would see that we are thoroughly and naturally industrious dispositions . . . . I have no time: otherwise I should love to chat on the difficulty of composing and how irresponsible publishers are."
Author: Johannes Brahms
15. "I bring my classical training - some of it, but not all of it - and also my background and culture, to spirituals. And I try to leave room for that unpredictable factor, where the feeling of the song is allowed to come through. The same ethos can be applied to singing Mozart, or Schubert, or Bach. It's not just about what's on the page."
Author: Kathleen Battle
16. "Why do you haunt me? You, like a tattoo on my tongue, like the bay leaf at the bottom of every pan. You who sprawled out beside me and sang my horoscope to a Schubert symphony, something about travel and money again, and we lay there, both of our breaths bad, both of our underwear dangling elastic, and then you turned toward me with a gaze like two matches, putting the horoscope aside, you traced my buried ribs with your index finger, lingered at my collarbone, admiring it as one might a flying buttress, murmuring: Nice clavicle. And me, too new at it and scared, not knowing what to say, whispering: You should see my ten-speed."
Author: Lorrie Moore
17. "Then came that sigh. I wish I had had a tape recorder handy every time in my life that I heard a boy sigh at the outset of urination. What a lovely sound. So much satisfaction. Girls sigh far less often before they pee, and not with the same devotion, I think. If only I had such a recording of boys' sighs. I would lie on a pillow in the sunlight of the late afternoon, sometimes listening to Chopin, sometimes Schubert, and sometimes to the sighs, seriatim, of all the boys about to pee."
Author: Matthew Sharpe
18. "I've just been playing the Trout Quintet on the phonograph. Listening to the andantino makes me want to be a trout myself. You can't help rejoicing and laughing, however moved or sad you feel, when you see the springtime clouds in the sky, the budding branches, moved by the wind, in the bright early sunlight. I'm really looking forward to the spring again. In that piece of Schubert's you can positively feel and smell the breeze and hear the birds and the whole of creation shouting for joy."
Author: Sophie Scholl
19. "With Schubert, a lot of the melodies are very simple, but he's in this groove. He's in touch with his heart."
Author: Tom Wopat

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