Thursday, August 11, 2005


Wagner's music is better than it sounds. Bill Nye

A story is told that Richard Wagner was walking on a street in Berlin one day and came across an organ-grinder who was grinding out the overture to Tannhäuser. Wagner stopped and said, "As a matter of fact, you are playing it too fast." The organ-grinder at once recognized Wagner, tipped his hat, and said, "Oh thank you, Herr Wagner! Thank you, Herr Wagner!" The next day Wagner returned to the same spot and found the organ-grinder grinding out the overture at the correct tempo. Behind him was a big sign: "PUPIL OF RICHARD WAGNER."

Jazz will endure just as long people hear it through their feet instead of their brains. John Philip Sousa

Jazz is not a craze…its significance is that it is one of the greatest landmarks of modern art. George Antheil

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.

How do you get a cellist to play fortissimo?
Write "pp, expressivo" on the music.

How can you tell that there's a vocalist at your front door?
They forgot the key and don't know when to come in.

The composer Robert Schumann wrote at the beginning of one of his compositions: "To be played as fast as possible." A few measures later he wrote: "Faster."

A man and his son were walking through a cemetery. The boy asked, "Daddy, do they bury two people in the same grave?" The father said, "Two people? Let me look."
So the father took a look, and sure enough, the marker said, "Here lies a symphony conductor and a humble man."

We know a guy who was so dumb his teacher gave him two sticks and he became a drummer, but lost one and became a conductor.

Musician: "Did you hear my last recital?"
Friend: "I hope so."

"Do you love music?"
"Yes, but never mind, you may continue playing."

Donny Osmond has van Gogh’s ear for music.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some say that the first quote is Mark Twain's.

5:02 PM  
Blogger paul said...

Yes Patty, it sounds like a Twainer. But check this

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah. Interesting! Thanks for clearing that one up for me. I have a page of quotes, and some of them, I'm sure, are incorrectly attributed. I do try, though, to do a bit of research before posting.

But now a new question; is this a different Bill Nye that "Bill Nye the Science Guy" or are they making a joke when they say Twain is quoting Nye? (Sorry to be so dense.)

1:21 PM  
Blogger paul said...

Different. His name was Edgar Wilson Nye, (1850-96) a journalist, lawyer, humorist. Well worth reading, I'm sure.
Take care.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks much!


9:50 PM  

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