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    A collection of good musical precepts

    usic is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things, including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
    Igor Stravinsky

    Not many composers have ideas. Far more of them know how to use strange instruments which do not require ideas.
    George Gershwin

    We have learned to express the more delicate nuances of feeling by penetrating more deeply into the mysteries of harmony.
    Robert Schumann

    Respectable people do not write music or make love as a career.
    Alexander Borodin

    Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting.
    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

    Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.
    Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

    The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
    Johann Sebastian Bach

    People who make music together cannot be enemies, at least while the music lasts.
    Paul Hindemith

    It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.
    Johann Sebastian Bach

    True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.
    George Gershwin

    In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
    Robert Schumann

    Every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down.
    Hecto Berlioz

    If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
    Robert Schumann

    Source: Vietnam guitar yamaha shop

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    Camille Saint-Seans as quoted in The American Organist, February 2017:
    Playing the organ in church is like wetting your pants in a dark blue suit. It gives you a warm feeling, but no one really knows what you have done.

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    One of my favourites is:

    "the definition of a gentleman is a man who knows how to play the accordion... and doesn't."

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