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date: 19 November 2017

Musical Instruments 

  1. There is nothing to it. You only have to hit the right notes at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
    when complimented on his organ playing
    Johann Sebastian Bach 1685–1750 German composer: K. Geiringer The Bach Family (1954)
  2. Like two skeletons copulating on a corrugated tin roof.
    describing the harpsichord
    Thomas Beecham 1879–1961 English conductor: Harold Atkins and Archie Newman Beecham Stories (1978)
  3. It is like a beautiful woman who has not grown older, but younger with time, more slender, more supple, more graceful.
    the cello
    Pablo Casals 1876–1973 Spanish cellist, conductor, and composer: in Time 29 April 1957
  4. The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments—the very lower bowel of music.
    Peter De Vries 1910–93 American novelist and humorist: The Glory of the Hummingbird (1974)
  5. The soft complaining flute.
     
    John Dryden 1631–1700 English poet, critic, and dramatist: A Song for St Cecilia's Day (1687) st. 4
  6. This machine kills fascists.
    Woody Guthrie 1912–67 American folk singer and songwriter: slogan on his guitar
  7. The piano is the easiest instrument to play in the beginning, and the hardest to master in the end.
    Vladimir Horowitz 1904–89 Russian pianist: David Dubal Evenings with Horowitz (1992)
  8. Is it not strange, that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Much Ado About Nothing (1598–9) act 2, sc. 3, l. [62] (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)

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