Music is better able to praise God that the building of a church and all its decoration; it is the Church's greatest ornament.
Igor Stravinsky (1882-1972)
The most High has a decided taste for vocal music, provided it be lugubrious and gloomy enough.
I do not see any good reason why the devil should have all the good tunes.
Rowland Hill (1744-1833)
You'll never convince me that music will be any good until it gets rid of the Jesus element.
Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
I would earnestly entreat those who sing ill not to sing at all, at least in the church.
James Beattie (1735-1803)
“and did buy a recorder which I do intend to learn to play on, the sound of it being of all sounds in the world the most pleasing to me".
Samuel Pepys (1633-1703)
[of the cornett] It seems like the brilliance of a shaft of sunlight appearing in the shadow or in darkness, when one hears it among the voices in cathedrals or in chapels
The trombones are too sacred for frequent use
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
I got to try the bagpipes. It was like trying to blow an octopus.
James Galway (1939-)
Godspell is back in London at the Young Vic. For those who missed it the first time, this is a golden opportunity to miss it again.
Michael Billington in the Guardian
[of a famous conductor] He's like a musical Malcolm Sargent
Thomas Beecham (1879-1961)