Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.
In the olden days, I believe Mozart also improvised on piano, but somehow in the last 200 years, the whole training of Western classical music—they don’t read between the lines, they just read the lines.
I think there are people who use classical music to say, ‘I am better than you, because I know all the rules and you don’t.’ You’re not allowed to have fun or entertain.
Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal.
As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means to write one note.
The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest.
If music is a place, then jazz is the city, folk is the wilderness, rock is the road, classical is a temple.
A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.
If a composer could say what he had to say in words, he would not bother trying to say it in music.
It’s not that people don’t like classical music. It’s that they don’t have the chance to understand and to experience it.
Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?
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(This story appears in the 03 October, 2014 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)