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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau Quotes and Sayings

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All music has to speak in some form or other.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

But the thing that will always occupy me the most is music.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

What concerns me, is the general social tendency to enforce a level,
above which nothing rises and stands out.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

But, on the other hand, if Schubert were alive today,
he would find even richer fields to plow.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

 

Unfortunately, it happens all too seldom that you really disappear behind a work,
that you are no longer audible as an interpreter.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

I came together with younger musicians and tried to
pass on my own experiences.
In the process, I always tried to maintain my curiosity and spontaneity.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Rather, I believe that it is very good,
if, with the aid of his songs, we can be reminded,
among other things, of the social conditions under
which Schubert had to work.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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Brahms believed that there was no need to publish absolutely
everything that Schubert ever wrote.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

The future? Like unwritten books and unborn children,
you don't talk about it.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

With creative people, truly new horizons open up.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

It is desirable that people make music on the breath,
with the breath.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text,
perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe;
it can even be the poem's overall form.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

In Romanticism, the main determinant is the mood,
the atmosphere.
And in that regard, you could also describe Schubert as a Romantic.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Many, many composers have only found their way to a certain form,
through familiarizing themselves with texts.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Particularly at around the age of 70 you reach a stage
where you have to be very careful.
If, at that point, you abandon the work you have been doing,
there is a good chance that you will just collapse and drift.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Which is why, in my lieder concerts,
I always strove,
when possible, to sing only the works of a single composer,
so that the audience could be gradually drawn into
a particular creative genius' way of thinking,
and could follow him.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

If you only do little clusters - three or four songs by one,
and another, and then yet another - you lose the opportunity
to think your way into the composer's mind,
since, after all, most of these pieces are quite brief.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Anyone who draws attention to himself as an individual,
is viewed with suspicion.
We acquired this tendency, of course,
from America, and we must resist it:
levelling,
and imitation of what others are already doing.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Within each individual young person you meet,
you have the same fields to plow.
The trick is just to wake thmem up, to sharpen their
ears for what's already there in the music.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

You can't do opera when already from the 10th row you
can only see little dolls on the stage.
In such an enormous space you can't put much faith
in the personal presence of the individual singer,
which is reflected in facial expressions,
among other things.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

And what unity is to be had, at a time when orchestras are dying out,
and when opera houses are about to close their doors;
what's going to come next -
when nothing new in music,
for the orchestra, is truly lasting:
pieces are performed once,
and then they're thrown away.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

In fact, the element of play has an important role in my life,
and I think that should be the case in the life of every artist.
Our life is occupied with playing, whether we play an instrument or a role.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

It's not all that different with the orchestra.
There are orchestras that seem to be encased in dough,
so that first you have to break through the normal routine,
and clear out the openings.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Toward the end of his life, one can sense that he was
no longer thinking his way into the minds of others,
causing them to speak on his behalf,
but that he was now speaking for himself.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

When you go out onto the stage, all the preparation
has to be forced into your subconscious.
For the moment of the performance, we all have to return
to a new level of unconsciousness.
All the reflection and all the doubts have to be laid aside before you start.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Admittedly, it is really our duty, as artists,
to hold up a mirror to our own era; but,
on the other hand, these works have lives of their own,
and they're still alive today.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People PHOTO

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer PHOTO

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Music takes us out of the actual
and whispers to us dim secrets
that startle our wonder as to who we are.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't die with your music still inside you.
- Wayne Dyer

When the music changes, so does the dance.
- African Proverb

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
- Berthold Auerbach

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Words make you think a thought.
Music makes you feel a feeling.
A song makes you feel a thought.
- E. Y. Harburg

Music is my religion.
- Jimi Hendrix

Music is the best means we have of digesting time.
- W. H. Auden

Music's not like becoming a doctor, who can walk into
a community and find people who need him.
- Charlie Byrd

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
- Samuel Butler

I think music in itself is healing.
It's an explosive expression of humanity.
It's something we are all touched by.
No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
- Billy Joel

If a composer could say what he had to say in words
he would not bother trying to say it in music.
- Gustav Mahler

Music is the fourth great material want,
first food, then clothes, then shelter,
then music.
- Christian Nestell Bovee

Music is love in search of a word.
- Sidney Lanier

There's nothing like music to relieve the soul and uplift it.
- Mickey Hart

Music was my refuge.
I could crawl into the space between the notes and
curl my back to loneliness.
- Maya Angelou

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

Music's staying power is a function of how timeless the lyrics,
song and production are.
- Gary Wright

All music is beautiful.
- Billy Strayhorn

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order,
and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin

Any good music must be an innovation.
- Les Baxter

Indifferent to whether your mood is grumpy or cheerful,
Nature always sings her passionate song of joyful celebration.
You can never stop the happy song of life,
so join the celebration -
sing along, dance, make love,
smile your biggest smile, and cheer on God's music.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Music is always changing and the changes are unpredictable.
- Billy Sheehan

Music is very spiritual, it has the power to bring people together.
- Edgar Winter

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life.
- Jean Paul

If you look deep enough you will see music;
the heart of nature being everywhere music.
- Thomas Carlyle

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall,
with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.
- Isaac Stern

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

If you want to make beautiful music,
you must play the black and the white notes together.
- Richard M. Nixon

Music is the soul of language.
- Max Heindel

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.
- Thomas Carlyle

I don't care much about music.
What I like is sounds.
- Dizzy Gillespie

When words leave off, music begins.
- Heinrich Heine

Music has charms to sooth a savage breast,
to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.
- William Congreve

Music is forever; music should grow and mature with you,
following you right on up until you die.
- Paul Simon

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture.
The air in the performance is sculpted into something.
- Frank Zappa

Music is a performance and needs the audience.
- Michael Tippett


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