„I did not care for Wagner. My tastes are more classical. Der Fuhrer had no musical taste and liked Wagner because of the bombastic Teutonic glories.“
To Leon Goldensohn, February 12, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
„Wagner exploited all forms of expression at a composer's disposal -- harmony, dynamics, orchestration -- to the extreme. His music is highly emotional, and at the same time Wagner has extraordinary control over the effect he achieves. That's why there is also something manipulative about Wagner's music, which is not to say that it's not honest. In fact, I believe that it's totally honest, but it also happens to be manipulative.“
— Daniel Barenboim Israeli Argentine-born pianist and conductor 1942
„Like modern and classical music, it’s not that one approach is right and the other wrong – the methods one chooses to use are largely a matter of taste and training.“
— Brian Greene, livro The Elegant Universe
The Elegant Universe : Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (1999), p. 271
Contexto: Physicists are more like avant-garde composers, willing to bend traditional rules and brush the edge of acceptability in the search for solutions. Mathematicians are more like classical composers, typically working within a much tighter framework, reluctant to go to the next step until all previous ones have been established with due rigor. Each approach has its advantages as well as drawbacks; each provides a unique outlet for creative discovery. Like modern and classical music, it’s not that one approach is right and the other wrong – the methods one chooses to use are largely a matter of taste and training.
„A lot of musicians are going to have to retrain. It's nonsense to say that traditional classical music is more complex. Contemporary pieces by Harrison Birtwistle are much harder to play than Mozart or Wagner. I know a lot of people don't want to hear that.“
— Joanna MacGregor British musician 1959
The Mail on Sunday, 06/02/2000
On Classical Music
„All innovators, logically speaking, have been Futurists in relation to their time. Palestrina would have thought that Bach was crazy, and Bach would have thought Beethoven the same, and Beethoven would have thought Wagner equally so.
Rossini liked to boast that he had finally understood the music of Wagner—by reading it backward; Verdi, after listening to the overture to Tannhäuser, wrote to a friend that Wagner was mad.
So we stand at the window of a glorious mental hospital, even while we unhesitatingly declare that counterpoint and the fugue, which even today are still considered the most important branches of musical instruction…“
— Francesco Balilla Pratella Italian composer 1880 - 1955
Tutti gli innovatori sono stati logicamente futuristi, in relazione ai loro tempi. Palestrina avrebbe giudicato pazzo Bach, e così Bach avrebbe giudicato Beethoven, e così Beethoven avrebbe giudicato Wagner.
Rossini si vantava di aver finalmente capito la musica di Wagner leggendola a rovescio! Verdi, dopo un’audizione dell’ouverture del Tannhäuser, in una lettera a un suo amico chiamava Wagner matto.
Siamo dunque alla finestra di un manicomio glorioso, mentre dichiariamo, senza esitare, che il contrappunto e la fuga, ancor oggi considerati come il ramo più importante dell’insegnamento musicale...
Fonte: Technical Manifesto of Futurist Music (1911), p. 80
„I like Wagner's music better than anybody's. It is so loud that one can talk the whole time without other people hearing what one says.“
— Oscar Wilde, livro O Retrato de Dorian Gray
Fonte: The Picture of Dorian Gray
„Is Wagner a human being at all? Is he not rather a disease? He contaminates everything he touches - he has made music sick.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche, livro The Case of Wagner
Der Fall Wagner (1888)
„The relation of the performance of music to sound is complex and ambiguous: this is what makes possible Mark Twain's joke that Wagner is better than he sounds.“
— Charles Rosen American pianist and writer on music 1927 - 2012
Fonte: Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist (2002), Ch. 1 Body and Mind
„All things considered, I could never have survived my youth without Wagnerian music. For I seemed condemned to the society of Germans. If a man wishes to rid himself of a feeling of unbearable oppression, he may have to take to hashish. Well, I had to take to Wagner…“
— Friedrich Nietzsche, livro Ecce homo
"Why I am So Clever", 6. Trans. Clifton P. Fadiman
Ecce Homo (1888)
„I was walking down the street with my friend and he said "I hear music", as if there is any other way you can take it in. You're not special, that's how I receive it too. I tried to taste it but it did not work.“
— Mitch Hedberg American stand-up comedian 1968 - 2005
Strategic Grill Locations
„I could not be happy with a man whose taste did not in every point coincide with my own. He must enter in all my feelings; the same books, the same music must charm us both.“
— Jane Austen, livro Sense and Sensibility
Fonte: Sense and Sensibility
„With all awards and accolades at the international level and his outstanding contribution to classical music, his appeal was not restricted to purists or the elite connoisseur. He endeared himself to the public at large by his tasteful rendering of light music and film songs.“
— M. Balamuralikrishna Carnatic vocalist, instrumentalist and playback singer 1930 - 2016
Jayalalithaa in: Balamuralikrishna deserves Bharat Ratna: Jayalalithaa http://www.hindu.com/2005/07/26/stories/2005072617030500.htm, Thee Hindu, 26 Jul y 2005.
„Men were the gatekeepers. They ran all the equipment and the labels … I was tired of being the girlfriend of the guy in the band, I was tired of hearing that my musical tastes suck.“
— Liz Phair American musician 1967
On the catalyst for launching her own music career in “'You could not have given us a bigger middle finger': Liz Phair on how Trump changed her music for ever” https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/may/03/liz-phair-trump-change-her-music-exile-in-guyville-25-years in The Guardian (2018 May 3)
„Wagner wrote an opera titled Tristan and Yseult and in it there is a theme called Love Death theme. It is so sensual, so sexual that he was criticized for having introduced sex into music. And that was quite a few years before the appearance of Elvis Presley!“
— Henry Miller American novelist 1891 - 1980
„It's more like giving people a taste of what the tour will be like. It's getting people to hear the music to a different sound … We remixed some of the songs so they sound totally different. It's really energetic.“
— Hilary Duff American actress and singer 1987
Pencek, David. "Duff does double-duty" http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/stories/20050721/go/2182692.html. Norwich Bulletin. July 21 2005. Retrieved October 25 2006.
On the compilation album Most Wanted (2005), her fourth album.
„The trend in the north is more Punjabi folk and simple music. But, in the past, people like Naushad experimented with Hindustani classical music which I think has been completely forgotten. People don't experiment anymore and think that Hindustani classical music won't work. For me, coming from the south, it was just a little step to learn Punjabi music. The nuances are louder in Punjabi music. Songs like Mukkala muqqabla or Humma humma had more of the Tamil folk music in it.“
— A. R. Rahman Indian singer and composer 1966
„Maybe baseball has to accept that it is now more like classical music than popular music, with football and basketball — and soccer?“
— Jay Nordlinger American journalist 1963
being the Justin Biebers and Lady Gagas of sports. Baseball need not hang its head in shame. A lot of things that are good and worthy are not popular. And baseball is plenty popular, for heaven's sake.
2010s, Baseball and Its Worriers (2018)
„Even the bad things are better than they used to be. Bad music, for instance, has gotten much briefer. Wagner's Ring Cycle takes four days to perform while "Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by the Crash Test Dummies lasts little more than three minutes.“
— P. J. O'Rourke American journalist 1947
All the Trouble in the World (1994)