Orchestra Quotes

To try to live in posterity is to be like an actor who leaps over the footlights and talks to the orchestra.

Samuel Butler

Great cataclysmic things can go by and neither the orchestra nor the conductor are under the delusion that whether they make this or that gesture is going to be the deciding factor in how it comes out.

James Levine

That is, in fact, the true female voice of the orchestra a voice at once passionate and chaste, heart-rending, yet soft, which can weep, sigh, and lament, chant, pray, and muse, or burst forth into joyous accents, as none other can do.

Louis Hector Berlioz

To me, the piano in itself is an orchestra.

Cecil Taylor

The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

James Crook

An orchestra full of stars can be a disaster.

Kurt Masur

Here are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesnt give a damn what goes on in between.

Sir Thomas Beecham

Show me an orchestra that likes its conductor and I'll show you a lousy conductor.

Goddard Lieberson

It is extraordinary - the orchestra tells you so much about the stage and what's going on,

Pat Miller

For better or worse, you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of life

Dale Carnegie

The conductor must make it possible to eliminate himself in the music. If the orchestra feels him doing that, then everything will go well.

Giuseppe Sinopoli

Conductors must give unmistakable and suggestive signals to the orchestra, not choreography to the audience.

George Szell

Pardon me for loitering in front of an orchestra.

John Goodman

Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.

Mae West

The collaboration with the musicians of the New York Philharmonic is sheer joy. The Orchestra is so professional, so prepared, so motivated. I float from day to day, concert to concert, masterpiece to masterpiece, supported by the sound of the New York Philharmonic.

Lorin Maazel

The Chicago Symphony is considered the greatest orchestra in the world.

Jane Byrne

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"

Sir Thomas Beecham

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