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A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
You can't play a symphony alone, it takes an orchestra to play it.
Navjot Singh Sidhu
How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?
The sound of the orchestra is one of the most magnificent musical sounds that has ever existed.
The role of an orchestra in the 21st century isn't just playing, it's about developing future audiences and performers.
I think it's a very important collaboration between the conductor and the orchestra - especially when the conductor is one more member of the orchestra in the way that you are leading, but also respecting, feeling and building the same way for all the players to understand the music.
I sometimes feel a bit embarrassed to play guitar. There's something - I don't want to sound ungrateful - but there's something very old-fashioned and traditional about it. You meet kids today whose grandparents were in punk bands. It's very old and traditional, but then, so is an orchestra and so is a string section.
Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.
There are two golden rules for an orchestra: start together and finish together. The public doesn't give a damn what goes on in between.
My definition of hip hop is taking elements from many other spheres of music to make hip hop. Whether it be breakbeat, whether it be the groove and grunt of James Brown or the pickle-pop sounds of Kraftwerk or Yellow Magic Orchestra, hip hop is also part of what they call hip-house now, or trip hop, or even parts of drum n' bass.
It's been a thrilling journey - I have had to really learn that an orchestra is an entity - it's a creature. I have been calling it the dragon and the conductor is the dragon tamer. And you just have to... ride and don't let go and you will be fine.
Acting is just playing the violin in an orchestra. Directing is being the conductor.
I do like alternative rock and rap, but as far as inspirational, then I go full-on orchestra. It fills up your entire being.
I'm not interested in having an orchestra sound like itself. I want it to sound like the composer.
After I learned the piano, I went on to learn percussion, the tuba, b-flat baritone, French horn, trombone, trumpet, most of the instruments in the orchestra. Trumpet was my instrument.
With an orchestra you are building citizens, better citizens for the community.
Haute couture is like an orchestra, for which only Balenciaga is the conductor. The rest of us are just musicians, following the directions he gives us.
My wife Elizabeth and I started The Really Terrible Orchestra for people like us who are pretty hopeless musicians who would like to play in an orchestra. It has been a great success. We give performances; we've become the most famous bad orchestra in the world.
Alexander McCall Smith
Sometimes there is a 36-piece orchestra going off in my stomach.
The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony.
Joseph B. Wirthlin
One time I introduced my orchestra as the Shampoo Music Makers instead of the Champagne Music Makers.
I hear these melodies. I hear horn lines and string lines. That's what's fun about recording with an orchestra.
The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice.
Mendelssohn I consider the first musician of the day; I doff my hat to him as my superior. He plays with everything, especially with the grouping of the instruments in the orchestra, but with such ease, delicacy and art, with such mastery throughout.
I feel so entirely in my element with a full orchestra; even if my mortal enemies were marshalled before me, I could lead them, master them, surround them, or repulse them.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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