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  • Bach is Bach just as God is God. -- Hector Berlioz
  • [Bach is the] reason I became a musician -- Glenn Gould
  • Bach is the beginning and end of all music. -- Max Reger
  • If Bach is not in Heaven, I am not going! -- William F. Buckley, Jr.
  • You play Bach your way, and I'll play him his way. -- Wanda Landowska
  • It may well be that some composers do not believe in God. All of them, however, believe in Bach. -- Bela Bartok
  • Bach opens a vista to the universe. After experiencing him, people feel there is meaning to life after all. -- Helmut Walcha
  • Perhaps the most serious complaint you could make about Bach is that he has every quality of humanity except imperfection. -- Jeremy Denk
  • I used to love Bach. -- Josh Silver
  • I prefer Offenbach to Bach often. -- Thomas Beecham
  • I like Bach. I like Randy Newman. -- David Mamet
  • Study Bach. There you will find everything. -- Johannes Brahms
  • I'm a nut for Bach as a composer. -- Nina Simone
  • Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian. -- Roger Fry
  • B. B. King is no match for Johann Sebastian Bach. -- Ilana Mercer
  • Bach is really the ultimate in bass players you know -- Jack Bruce
  • God listens to Bach while the angels listen to Mozart. -- Karl Barth
  • If you play Bach every day, you are not so alone. -- Pablo Casals
  • Music owes as much to Bach as religion to its founder. -- Robert Schumann
  • There would have been no Bach had there been no Luther. -- Francis Schaeffer
  • No one believes in God any more, but everyone believes in Bach -- Mauricio Kagel
  • You want something by Bach? Which one, Johann Sebastian or Jacques Offen? -- Victor Borge
  • The worst constructed play is a Bach fugue when compared to life. -- Helen Hayes
  • Not all musicians believe in god but they all believe in Bach -- Mauricio Kagel
  • Bach is how buildings got taller. It's how we got to the moon. -- Charles Mingus
  • When you play Bach like Chopin, and Chopin like Bach, something good happens. -- Pablo Casals
  • This is not a brook [Bach means "brook" in German], it's an ocean. -- Ludwig van Beethoven
  • If there is anyone who owes everything to Bach, it is certainly God. -- Emile M. Cioran
  • If Beethoven is a prodigy of man, Bach is a miracle of God. -- Gioachino Rossini
  • Whether the angels play only Bach praising God, I am not quite sure. -- Karl Barth
  • I play Beethoven and Bach. At the same time, Biggie is my dog. -- Alicia Keys
  • The three greatest composers are Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. All the others are cretins. -- Hans von Bulow
  • My thesis statement would beā??Bach didn't write Baroque music. He wrote great music. -- Chris Thile
  • Menuhin was playing Bach on a fantastic spiritual level when he was a teenager. -- Nigel Kennedy
  • All Bach's last movements are like the running of a sewing machine. (on Bach) -- Arnold Bax
  • Bach was a top harmonist geezer, which is why the jazz cats love him. -- Nigel Kennedy
  • I liked Bach played the way people expect Chopin to be played, and vice versa. -- Eleanor Bron
  • Bach is thus a terminal point. Nothing comes from him; everything merely leads to him. -- Albert Schweitzer
  • In Bach, the vital cells of music are united as the world is in God. -- Gustav Mahler
  • Playing Shakespeare requires technique. You don't play a Bach toccata by getting in the mood. -- Kevin Kline
  • The music of Bach is without doubt the most sacred gift to the world of art. -- Heitor Villa-Lobos
  • For me, Bach is like Shakespeare. He has known all and felt all. He is everything. -- Pablo Casals
  • I would rather play Chiquita Banana and have my swimming pool than play Bach and starve. -- Xavier Cugat
  • Jesus never heard of Beethoven and Bach. Why aren't we playing more country music in church ? -- Tex Sample
  • Bach is like an astronomer who, with the help of ciphers, finds the most wonderful stars. -- Frederic Chopin
  • Jessica's Daisy Dukes are even shorter than Catherine Bach's, which I honestly didn't think was possible. -- Jay Chandrasekhar
  • I listen only to Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. Life is too short to waste on other composers. -- John Edensor Littlewood
  • You can't have Bach, Mozart and Beethoven as your favorite composers. They simply define what music is! -- Michael Tilson Thomas
  • I've outdone anyone you can name - Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Strauss. Irving Berlin, he wrote 1,001 tunes. I wrote 5,500. -- James Brown
  • Perhaps Bach and Beethoven are strange bedfellows for Mickey Mouse, but it's all been a lot of fun. -- Walt Disney
  • John Lennon was brilliant, so gifted, so giving. He was the Bach, Beethoven, the Rachmaninoff of our time. -- Sid Bernstein
  • If you try to have a fashion show with Bach fugues and John Coltrane, it doesn't really work. -- Isaac Mizrahi
  • I like classical music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and I adore Bach above all. -- Gregory Maguire
  • Although I don't believe in God, Bach's music shows me what a love of God must feel like. -- Alain de Botton
  • I listen to Bach a great deal. In general I like to listen to hymns and liturgical music. -- Marilynne Robinson
  • No facts, however indubitably detected, no effort of reason, however magnificently maintained, can prove that Bach's music is beautiful. -- Edith Hamilton
  • I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature." -- Anne Stevenson
  • I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature. -- Anne Stevenson
  • I'd love to have William Faulkner, Beethoven and Bach over. I want to find out what makes those guys tick! -- Candy Crowley
  • I made sure no butt cheek hung out. You know, the original Daisy, Catherine Bach's shorts were shorter than mine. -- Jessica Simpson
  • The one Bach piece I learnt made me feel I was being repeatedly hit on the head with a teaspoon. -- Dodie Smith
  • Oh, you happy sons of the North who have been reared at the bosom of Bach, how I envy you! -- Giuseppe Verdi
  • What gives Bach and Mozart a place apart is that these two great expressive composers never sacrificed form to expression. -- Camille Saint-Saens
  • I can take any series of numbers and turn it into music, from Bach to bebop, Herbie Hancock to hip-hop. -- Donald Byrd
  • I can take any series of numbers and turn it into music, from Bach to bebop, Herbie Hancock to hip-hop, -- Donald Byrd
  • Id love to have William Faulkner, Beethoven and Bach over. I want to find out what makes those guys tick! -- Candy Crowley
  • Bach and Beethoven, all of them, they had to write something to please the upper structure, those with money and power. -- Sun Ra
  • In Bach, Beethoven and Wagner we admire principally the depth and energy of the human mind; in Mozart, the divine instinct. -- Edvard Grieg
  • I don't want to be a vampire' she told herself. But in her dreams, she kind of did.-Tana Bach-page 29-chapter 4 -- Holly Black
  • If all the music written since Bach's time should be lost, it could be reconstructed on the foundation which Bach laid. -- Charles Gounod
  • I don't think I had a Catherine Bach poster, but I know a lot of my friends desecrated those, big time. -- Sean William Scott
  • Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration." -- Ernest Newman
  • I can find something between sight and hearing and I can produce a fugue in colors as Bach has done in music. -- Frantisek Kupka
  • I would send the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach into outer space on the Voyager spacecraft. But that would be boasting. -- Lewis Thomas
  • If Beethoven and Bach hooked up with Mozart and made a band, they could be a distant runner up to The D." -- Jack Black
  • If Beethoven and Bach hooked up with Mozart and made a band, they could be a distant runner up to The D. -- Jack Black
  • Beethoven, Wagner, Bach, and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand. They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration. -- Ernest Newman
  • I do not think that music keeps evolving. It evolved through Bach; since then, in my humble opinion, all the innovations added nothing. -- Gordon Getty
  • Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky were not classical musicians while they were alive and active, they were the rock stars of their day. -- Seymour Stein
  • Any species capable of producing, at this earliest, juvenile stage of its development... the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, cannot be all bad. -- Lewis Thomas
  • Women play cellos and violins in symphony orchestras. They're playing Beethoven and Bach. What do you mean they can't play rock and roll? -- Joan Jett
  • I want Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D played at my funeral. If it isn't I shall jolly well want to know why. -- Sybil Thorndike
  • Whether the angels play only Bach praising God, I am not quite sure. I am sure, however, that en famille they play Mozart. -- Karl Barth
  • One does not play Bach without having done scales. But neither does one play a scale merely for the sake of the scale. -- Simone Weil
  • When I was five, I am told, and asked what my favorite things in the world were, I answered, smoked salmon and Bach. -- Oliver Sacks
  • Bach takes you to a very quiet place within yourself, to the inner core, a place where you are calm and at peace. -- Yo-Yo Ma
  • And I believe that the Binomial Theorem and a Bach Fugue are, in the long run, more important than all the battles of history. -- James Hilton
  • There is something comforting about going into a practice room, putting your sheet music on a stand and playing Bach over and over again. -- Andrew Bird
  • I have chosen to parody the writing styles of Carlos Castaneda, James Redfield, Richard Bach, Lynn Andrews, and several other best-selling new age authors. -- Frederick Lenz
  • I have chosen to parody the writing styles of Carlos Castaneda, James Redfield, Richard Bach, Lynn Andrews, and several other best-selling new age authors. -- Frederick Lenz
  • I see it as my job to try to keep Bach in the mainstream and present his music with, rather than without, its emotional core. -- Nigel Kennedy
  • Bach is an astronomer, discovering the most marvellous stars. Beethoven challenges the universe. I only try to express the soul and the heart of man. -- Frederic Chopin
  • When you hear Bach or Mozart, you hear perfection. Remember that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were great improvisers. I can hear that in their music." -- Dave Brubeck
  • When you hear Bach or Mozart, you hear perfection. Remember that Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were great improvisers. I can hear that in their music. -- Dave Brubeck
  • If one were asked to name one musician who came closest to composing without human flaw, I suppose general consensus would choose Johann Sebastian Bach... -- Aaron Copland
  • I had no idea of the historical evolution of the civilized world's music and had not realized that all modern music owes everything to Bach. -- Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Bernard Herrmann used to write all his scores by himself. So did Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky. I dont understand why this happens in the movie industry. -- Ennio Morricone
  • I cannot listen to Beethoven or Mahler or Chopin or Bach when I write because those composers require you stop what you are doing and listen. -- Antonio Damasio
  • Bernard Herrmann used to write all his scores by himself. So did Bach, Beethoven and Stravinsky. I don't understand why this happens in the movie industry. -- Ennio Morricone
  • I'd like to get something together - like a Handel, Bach, Muddy waters, flamenco type of thing. If I could get that sound, I'd be happy -- Jimi Hendrix
  • Has it struck you that the music which is regarded as the most sublime in western civilization, which is the music of Bach, is called baroque? -- Pierre Schaeffer
  • What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me. -- Erich Segal
  • Spencer was searching for a woman interested in gold, inorganic chemistry, outdoor sex and the music of Bach. In short, he was looking for himself, only female. -- Woody Allen
  • My own musical background is based in the blues, and in classical composition. I grew up listening to Muddy Waters, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Beethoven and Bach. -- Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell
  • And it totally has transformed my relationship with someone like, say, Bach. You know, Bach is born 330 years ago but, you know, gosh, he really is alive. -- Mahan Esfahani
  • Jazz isn't as profitable for labels like Hip hop or Rap. Jazz needs subsidies to continue, just like European classical works of Bach and Beethoven are subsidized. -- Jimmy Heath
  • You can play Bach on the piano, a symphony orchestra or a quartet of saxophones, but let's stop this silly, childish business of knit your own musicology -- Paul McCreesh
  • Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind. -- Lewis Thomas
  • Nothing is so musical as the sound of pouring bourbon for the first drink on a Sunday morning. Not Bach or Schubert or any of those masters. -- Carson McCullers
  • Music always stimulates my imagination. When I'm writing I usually have some Baroque music on low in the background chamber music by Bach, Telemann, and the like. -- Haruki Murakami
  • The fact that Stravinsky used the classics as a major influence is obvious. What is interesting is how he used them, how he turned Bach into Stravinsky. -- Lukas Foss
  • It would be great to have Bach in one corner, Bessie Smith in another, John Lennon in another. That's what I'd ideally like. A studio of the dead. -- Jools Holland
  • What can you say about a twenty-five year old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me. -- Erich Segal
  • Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I only wantedto build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home -- Edvard Grieg
  • The vitality of art is its capacity for infinite expansion. One form doesn't preclude another any more than the existence of Mozart makes the existence of Bach superfluous." -- Lloyd Alexander
  • Beethoven tells you what it's like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe." -- Douglas Adams
  • Beethoven tells you what it's like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it's like to be human. Bach tells you what it's like to be the universe. -- Douglas Adams
  • There are so many different people that I've emulated vocally. In the rock world - Sebastian Bach, Vince Neil, Freddie Mercury, Robert Plant. They all had amazing vocal talent. -- Fergie
  • Talent is hereditary; it may be the common possession of a whole family (eg, the Bach family); genius is not transmitted; it is never diffused, but is strictly individual. -- Otto Weininger
  • Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I only wanted... to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home. -- Edvard Grieg
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