- Everything will pass, and the world will perish but the Ninth Symphony will remain.
of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
To The Finland Station (1940) 1814–76 Russian revolutionary and anarchist: Edmund Wilson
- It may be that when the angels go about their task of praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille, they play Mozart.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1956) 1886–1968 Swiss Protestant theologian:
- Too much counterpoint; what is worse, Protestant counterpoint.
of Johann Sebastian Bach
Guardian 8 March 1971 1879–1961 English conductor: in
- The immortal god of harmony.
of Johann Sebastian Bach 1770–1827 German composer: letter to the publishers Breitkopf und Härtel, 22 April 1801
- It will be generally admitted that Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is the most sublime noise that has ever penetrated into the ear of man.
Howards End (1910) ch. 5 1879–1970 English novelist:
- Too beautiful for our ears, and much too many notes, dear Mozart.
of The Abduction from the Seraglio (1782)
Life of Mozart (1798) 1741–90 Austrian monarch, Holy Roman Emperor: attributed; Franz Xaver Niemetschek
- Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died.
on the death of Buddy Holly 1945– American songwriter: ‘American Pie’ (1972 song)
- Wagner has lovely moments but awful quarters of an hour.
Italienische Tondichter (1883) vol. 4 1792–1868 Italian composer: to Emile Naumann, April 1867, in E. Naumann
- Ravel refuses the Legion of Honour, but all his music accepts it.
Le Discours d'Oxford (1956) 1866–1925 French composer: Jean Cocteau
- Children are given Mozart because of the small quantity of the notes; grown-ups avoid Mozart because of the great quality of the notes.
My Life and Music (1961) 1882–1951 Austrian-born pianist: