Next to music, beer was best
Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends
Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.
I love music because it speaks for me when I don't know how to express myself.
So why should it be like that for an opera, which is much more difficult because you have the music. So you don't have to invent as much as in a real play, because in a real play you have only the text [and] you have to create your own music. So it takes a long time. We have already the music-which tells something else, sometimes, [than does] the text, but still you have to put that all together.
Music that you want to wrap every note around you and hold it and not let go...
History should not just be perceived as just politics and the military. it involves the whole realm of human expression and human experience. And to leave out music, art, literature, architecture, dance, poetry, drama is to leave out not just color and flavor and sound, but a lot of the soul of a culture. Many civilizations are known only for their art.
That's all as much a part of the American reality and the American story as our expected protagonists of history. In this one performance we have musicians, dancers, people speaking great literature, singing, architecture, all working at once. And we should never ever take it for granted.
Where words fail, music speaks.
Music is the universal language of mankind.