These Quotes From Classical Composers Will Make You Fall in Love With Music All Over Again!

By Keegan Morris |

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Not only are these composers' musical works an inspiration, but their words are, too! Here are some of the most beautiful insights you'll read all day.


"Music … can name the unnameable
and communicate the unknowable."

Leonard Bernstein

“I think [the purpose of music] is to express the human condition and really to express the soul.”


“Music is enough for a lifetime,
but a lifetime is not enough for music.”
Sergei Rachmaninoff

“Music expresses the motion of the waters, the play of curves described by changing breezes."

Claude Debussy

“Truly there would be reason to go mad
were it not for music.”

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“The only love affair I have ever had
was with music.”

Maurice Ravel

“The music is not in the notes,
but in the silence between."

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“Music is the superlative expression
of life experience…”

Amy Beach

“The music is in the air.
Take as much as you want.”

Edward Elgar

“I just want people to be moved by the music.
If you're not moved by the music,
then everything else falls away.”


“I like to think of music
as an emotional science.”

George Gershwin

"Nothing is better than music.
When it takes us out of time, it has done more for us than we have the right to hope for…"

Nadia Boulanger

“There is music wherever there is rhythm,
as there is life wherever there beats a pulse.”

Igor Stravinsky

“In the long run, any words about music are less important than the music.”

Dmitri Shostakovich

This article was originally published in April 2019