Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
Try everything once except folk dancing and incest.
A musicologist is a man who can read music but can't hear it.
If I cannot sing a work, I cannot conduct it.
The grand tune is the only thing in music that the great public really understands.
I found it as alluring as a wayward woman and determined to tame it.
What can you do with it? It's like a lot of yaks jumping about.
The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought.
Too much counterpoint; what is worse, Protestant counterpoint.
The musical equivalent of the towers of St Pancras Station.
Here are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesnt give a damn what goes on in between.
He helped Walter Legge underwrite the creation of the Philharmonia Orchestra, and conducted its premiere concert on 25 October, 1945. Later, Legge raised the matter of Beecham's fee, to which he replied: "The privilege of directing this magnificent consort of artists is such that my pleasure would be diminished if I accepted a fee. I would, however, gladly accept a decent cigar"
It is said that in one rehearsal he was unsatisfied with the performance of a female cello soloist, and so said to her "Madam, you have between your legs an instrument capable of giving pleasure to thousands, and all you can do is scratch it!".