Ralph Vaughan Williams Famous Quotes & Sayings

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22 Ralph Vaughan Williams Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: I don't know whether I like it, but it is what I meant. I don't know whether I like it, but it is what I meant.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: Wagner used to read the libretti of his operas to his friends; I am glad Wagner used to read the libretti of his operas to his friends; I am glad I was not there.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: The duty of the words is to say just as much as the music has The duty of the words is to say just as much as the music has left unsaid and no more.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: It never seems to occur to people that a man might just want to write It never seems to occur to people that a man might just want to write a piece of music.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: The business of finding a nation's soul is a long and slow one at the The business of finding a nation's soul is a long and slow one at the best and a great many prophets must be slain in the course of it. Perhaps when we have slain enough prophets future generations will begin to build their tombs.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: But in the next world I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and But in the next world I shan't be doing music, with all the striving and disappointments. I shall be being it.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: Film composing is a splendid discipline, and I recommend a course of it to all Film composing is a splendid discipline, and I recommend a course of it to all composition teachers whose pupils are apt to be dawdling in their ideas, or whose every bar is sacred and must not be cut or altered.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: The audience is requested not to refrain from talking during the overture. Otherwise they will The audience is requested not to refrain from talking during the overture. Otherwise they will know all the tunes before the opera begins.
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Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: I think there is no work of art which represents the spirit of a nation I think there is no work of art which represents the spirit of a nation more surely than "Die Meister Singer" of Richard Wagner. Here is no plaything with local colour, but the raising to its highest power all that is best in the national consciousness of his country.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: A supreme composer can only come out of a musical nation. A supreme composer can only come out of a musical nation.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: I have always found it difficult to study. I have learnt almost entirely what I I have always found it difficult to study. I have learnt almost entirely what I have learnt by trying it out on the dog.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: Why should we not enter into our inheritance in the church as well as the Why should we not enter into our inheritance in the church as well as the concert hall?
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: Beethoven was ahead of the times, Bach behind them. Beethoven was ahead of the times, Bach behind them.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: The attitude of foreign to English musicians is unsympathetic, self-opinionated and pedantic. They believe that The attitude of foreign to English musicians is unsympathetic, self-opinionated and pedantic. They believe that their tradition is the only one (this is specially true of the Viennese) and that anything that is not in accordance with that tradition is "wrong" and arises from insular ignorance.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: The art of music above all the other arts is the expression of the soul The art of music above all the other arts is the expression of the soul of a nation.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: Music is the reaching out towards the utmost realities by means of ordered sound. Music is the reaching out towards the utmost realities by means of ordered sound.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: No, it's a Bb. It looks wrong and it sounds wrong, but it's right. No, it's a Bb. It looks wrong and it sounds wrong, but it's right.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: There is no reason why an atheist could not write a good Mass. There is no reason why an atheist could not write a good Mass.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: There [is] a feeling of recognition, as of meeting an old friend, which comes to There [is] a feeling of recognition, as of meeting an old friend, which comes to us all in the face of great artistic experiences. I had the same experience when I first heard an English folksong, when I first saw Michelangelo's Day and Night, when I suddenly came upon Stonehenge or had my first sight of New York City - the intuition that I had been there already.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: The great men of music close periods; they do not inaugurate them. The pioneer work, The great men of music close periods; they do not inaugurate them. The pioneer work, the finding of new paths, is left to smaller men.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: Two years of close association with some of the best (as well as some of Two years of close association with some of the best (as well as some of the worst) tunes in the world was a better musical education than any amount of sonatas and fugues.
Ralph Vaughan Williams Sayings: To the unmusical hearer a note on the gong means dinner, this perhaps often is To the unmusical hearer a note on the gong means dinner, this perhaps often is menacing enough ...